mobilization briefs
March 27, 2023

Mobilization in Russia for Mar. 25–26, 2023 CIT volunteer summary 

Reference to the building of fortifications in the Kursk region for a total of 3.2 billion rubles was removed from the public procurement platform by the regional authorities after it became public due to a report by the Vyorstka media outlet. On Mar. 22, Vyorstka wrote that the Department of Capital Construction of the Kursk Region signed two contracts for the building of fortifications. However, this information has now been removed from the platform, and instead, a statement appears saying that the details and documents “may not be disclosed,” as pursuant to the law, authorities cannot publish what classifies as national security information.

New names of mobilized soldiers were included in the list of Russian casualties in Ukraine: Nikolay Verzakov from the Perm region, Andrey Botoroyev from the Irkutsk region, and Isamudin Velibekov from Dagestan.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense published footage showing training exercises of airborne assault units.

The Aziaty Rossii [Russian Asians] Telegram channel posted a video shot by servicemen from Tuva [Russia's constituent republic]. They were locked in a basement in Polohi, Zaporizhzhia region, by order of their command. Tuva authorities claim they are aware of the situation, and the servicemen have already been released. According to the special representative of the Head of Tuva Timur Kuular, the servicemen remained under arrest for less than a day, and the information that they were starved is unreliable. Tuva authorities do not specify the reason for detention.

Reportedly, 4 people assigned to the Somali Battalion of the so-called DPR escaped from Vodiane to Donetsk. The servicemen then left the "special military operation" zone and applied for asylum abroad. They now report how untrained mobilized servicemen are deployed as assault infantry in suicide missions.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta [Government of Russia's media outlet and official publisher] reports that at the Tambov bakery, they began to assemble quadcopters for the needs of the Army. According to the deputy director of the enterprise Aleksandr Rudik, Russian military men asked him to arrange it last year. The bakery will produce FPV drones — the simplest quadcopters with a minimum of electronics and manual control.

16 cars were sent from the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous region [federal subject of Russia] to the “special military operation” zone, including restored ambulances, official cars written off from budgetary institutions, as well as vehicles provided by Head of the Beloyarsky district Sergey Manenkov. In addition to cars, parcels, and letters were sent to Russian servicemen.

Besides, the government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous region announced a targeted collection of parcels to be sent to the “special military operation” zone. It is organized by the Sodruzhestvo [Commonwealth] Interregional Public Organization of Disabled Persons and Veterans of Local Wars and Military Conflicts, and the Humanitarian Volunteer Corps will deliver the parcels to Russian servicemen.

A publication with a list of necessary stuff was posted on the Telegram channel, which is aimed at collecting aid for the Kirov mobilized soldiers. Spare parts for Ural and Kamaz trucks were added to the already common shorts, socks, food, and water. At the same time, it is emphasized that any spare parts are needed.

In the Irkutsk region, two students fainted at the opening of "Hero's desks" [dedicated to the soldiers who were killed in the “special military operation”]. According to the teachers, they were impressed by the meeting with the relatives of the killed soldiers. The curator of the cadet classes disagreed with this assessment: in his opinion, these were not fainting, but "someone <...> could not stand due to constitutional peculiarities."

Members of the Parliament of the Rostov region are going to create a regulatory mechanism to involve students in making trench candles without the consent of their parents. The idea was voiced by Tatyana Ivashchenko, a member of the Communist Party of Russia, saying that schools should have the right to involve children in "socially significant volunteer work" and cited the production of trench candles and camouflage nettings as an example. The spokesman of the meeting, Aleksandr Ivashchenko, requested to work out this initiative.

Participants in the war in Ukraine gave a "lesson of courage" to students in the local branch of Samara State University of Economics in the town of Syzran. The university was visited by representatives of the Union of Paratroopers of the Samara region, mobilized soldiers and their families, as well as volunteer fighters.