mobilization briefs
November 12, 2022

Volunteer summary of mobilization in the Russian Federation for November 10–11

Svetlana Gorbatenko shared how she, accompanied by a group of relatives of the mobilized residents of Kursk, had found their servicemen (relatives). Now they (the relatives) follow them (the soldiers). “We escorted the guys to the gathering point, talked to their command, all the guys are shocked, aged by years, grey hair appeared on their heads and total disappointment and disbelief in their eyes… We ask to sort out the issue with our mobilized guys, ask not to let them back to the frontline…” However, not all the mobilized from Kursk returned to military bases after the protest of their wives. The spouses of the soldiers left at the frontline will go to Moscow to seek an appointment with the Ministry of Defense officials. BBC news agency talked to the relatives of the mobilized from both groups.

Relatives of Russian conscripts who refused to fight were able to reach Zaitseve, Luhansk Region, where their loved ones are being held in basements. “There’s a checkpoint manned with armed guards who didn’t let them through. They said military certification was needed to enter the village,” one of the relatives told the ASTRA Telegram channel.

According to the Minister of social development of Perm Region, mobilized servicemen there started to receive regional one-time payments in the amount of 100 thousand rubles. Relatives of the mobilized soldiers in Belgorod Region keep complaining to the governor that the promised payments of 195 thousand rubles were not being made. Instead, one of the conscripts received just 2,792 rubles for 1.5 months of service.

In Yakutia, deer carcasses were distributed to the families of the mobilized. Earlier, the mayor of Yakutsk distributed to these families free borscht kits. Buryatia also came up with carcasses for the mobilized, but of beef. Alexei Tsydenov, the head of the region, informed that agricultural enterprises in Buryatia collected 50 beef carcasses to produce almost 11 thousand cans of beef stew for the citizens of the republic participating in the so-called “special military operation”. In the village of Dovolnoe in Novosibirsk Region, volunteers are carrying coal for a woman whose son was drafted. Villagers of Prikamye are pickling cabbage for their mobilized homeboys.  A Chuvashia bishop donated a Mavic 3 quadcopter costing 430 thousand rubles to the mobilized. In Komi and Vladimir Regions, students and orphanage residents are sewing T-shirts and sweatshirts for the draftees.

The first reports of Tomsk conscripts killed in the war appeared in a VKontakte social network post by Svetlana Fokina, a family acquaintance of one of the dead soldiers. The post has since been deleted. According to her, Roman Polonskiy, 32, and Vadim Mironov, 29, were killed. Vladislav Tarbaev, the first known mobilized soldier from Zabaikalye to be killed, was buried on November 4.  The petty officer Vasily Zhukov from Miass, called up on September 29, was killed at the front only two weeks later, on October 13. Pavel Vorobiev, 31, from Magadan, became the 14th conscript from the Kolyma area to be killed. The conscript Pavel Tyunev from Novouralsk, Sverdlovsk Region, born in 1984, was killed in the war on November 2. That same region keeps seeing more burials of the killed conscripts: Nikolai Moyseev was killed near Lyman on November 5 and buried on November 9; Shamil Yusupov was buried on November 8. Shamil’s own mother drove him to pick up his summons and then took him to the draft office. BBC notes the sharp increase in losses among the mobilized Russian men during the last two weeks.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation continues to publish videos of training of mobilized soldiers at the training grounds. Mobilized soldiers in Sakhalin are trained to fight against military vehicles and personnel of a mock enemy. In the Khabarovsk Territory, mobilized soldiers improve their skills in driving heavy trucks. In the Volgograd region, the mobilized have begun operational coordination. A special train with the mobilized departed from Tyumen. It is reported that the unit was additionally equipped with uniforms and gear on behalf of Governor Aleksandr Moor. This is how mobilized soldiers from Kalmykia have been seen off.

A subscriber to the Sota Telegram channel calculated the number of Sberbank customers who left Russia amid the mobilization based on the bank's internal statistics published yesterday. According to the calculation, there are now more than one million four hundred thousand people in exile among the Sberbank customers only.

A 18-year-old Nizhny Novgorod resident committed suicide after receiving a draft notice. The incident took place in the Pavlovsky district. Details are not yet known.

The Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region secured a reduction in the Dosirac ramen price for the mobilized. Cup noodles in the Mulino military store cost 100 rubles, which Gleb Nikitin complained about during his visit to the barracks. The governor complained and the store owner had to reduce the Dosirac price to 65 rubles.

Vasily Orlov, Governor of the Amur region acknowledged the lack of the necessary things in military units from the very beginning of the war. According to him, this lack was concealed by the regional authorities so that the enemy would not benefit from this information or present it as a “great tragedy.”

The Kuzminsky military commissariat [enlistment office] admitted that a mobilized Moscow resident has an exemption from the draft from the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces but still does not recall him from the service. In a few days, the guy will be sent to a combat zone.

A father of four children with an exemption from the draft was mobilized at work in Transbaikalia. The man has already been sent to a training unit in Rostov-on-Don. Even without armor, according to the law on mobilization training, he must be given a deferment since all his children are under 17 years old.

A Tomsk journalist demanded the head of the region, Vladimir Mazur, to provide a decree from the regional military commissariat on the end of mobilization. The journalist referred to the statement of the military commissar of the Yaroslavl region about the end of conscription activities.

Relatives of Vologda residents drafted in “partial” mobilization are asked to spread less information about the places of deployment of the Russian Armed Forces. The head of the Department of Social Protection of the Population addressed the residents of the region with this request.

The story of the mobilization of employees (with exemption from the draft) of Transneft-Prikamye continues. The relatives of men drafted in defiance of their deferments appealed to the court. Today the court heard the case of the first mobilized man, and the hearing was held behind closed doors. The court sided with the military commissariat. Consideration of three more similar cases, scheduled for November 11, is still pending.

The first case of illegal mobilization was heard in Tyumen court. But the actions of the draft board concerning a conscript were found to be lawful, and his demand to cancel the decision on mobilization was denied.

The court in Petushki dismissed the suit of a mobilized man. Pavel Kapralov tried to dispute the draft, citing health problems and the presence of two children. Also, the Petushki district court rejected the claim of Maria Kuteinikova, a social worker. Her partner Konstantin Frolikov, a father of three minor children, who was taking care of a sick father, was sent to the war in Ukraine. The court decided that she had no right to file a lawsuit to protect the mobilized man.