mobilization briefs
November 20, 2022

Russian mobilization for November 18-19, volunteer summary

In Arkhangelsk, they issue mobilization orders, which state that one must arrive at the military commissariat within 10 hours, without waiting for a summons.

A mobilized man from Kuzbass, who is in Omsk in military unit 83444, reported that he was transferred from his barracks to tents with uninhabitable conditions. A video shows frozen-through tents for mobilized soldiers at the Omsk unit's training ground. In response to these complaints, residents of Kuzbass criticized the mobilized man for "whining", because things will be even worse at the frontline. The author of the video was given the example of soldiers from Yurga, who have been living in such conditions "for a long time" and "do not complain".

Relatives of mobilized men from Tatarstan complained that their men were sent to the frontline without proper training. According to their relatives, their loved ones were mobilized on September 26, and after a month at Kazan Expo, they were sent to a unit in the Belgorod region. There they spent a week chopping firewood for potbelly stoves. A week later, the mobilized were on the first frontline in the Svatove direction. Women claim that the commanders told their loved ones to "dig trenches and hold defense" with machine guns from 1986 against the artillery. After the first battle, the senior officers abandoned their positions. No food was brought to the conscripts. At the moment, according to the women, most of the soldiers did not get in touch. Those who did come out said that they were "thrown to the frontline like meat."

After a report by "Beware of the news" about the situation with the 138th Brigade (mentioned in yesterday's report), one of the soldiers was taken to an unknown location. His wife claims that the mobilized serviceman is being pressured. The person in question is 21-year-old Kirill Shatokhin, who is called "Maloy" in a monologue of his fellow serviceman.

The mobilized from the Altai region reported that the property in the unit assigned to the fighters is sold in the local military store. And in Yaroslavl, the mobilized men refused to go to classes. They are dissatisfied with the fact that regiment commanders go to another unit and take away from the warehouses the humanitarian aid intended for the mobilized men. Also, people complain about the quality of training and the fact that they are assigned to different units, even though they were given combat coordination together. Against this background, the governor of the Yaroslavl region, Mikhail Evraev, proudly shows the humanitarian aid collected for the mobilized men on his Telegram channel: "Not a single appeal from the families of our mobilized men goes unnoticed. Volunteer brigades work in all districts of the region, including remote areas".

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation continues to publish numerous reports on combat training for mobilized soldiers. Thus, the mobilized residents of the Amur region undergo an intensive course of combat training. At the training ground near Belogorsk, soldiers sharpen their shooting skills with the use of viewing devices, and practice throwing grenades. Live firing is taking place at the training ground of one of the military units of the Central Military District in the Tyumen region.  Mobilized soldiers from the Volgograd and Saratov regions practice combat in urban areas. Artillerymen of the Northern Fleet continue to train military personnel conscripted from the reserve. Snipers from among the mobilized are being trained in the Novosibirsk region. In the Kaliningrad region, another solemn dispatch of mobilized soldiers to the training grounds and training centers took place.

About 1.5 billion rubles will be allocated from the budget of Buryatia for the purchase of gear, equipment, food and medicine for the participants in the “special operation”. The money will be used for lump-sum payments of 150,000 rubles to each mobilized soldier, as well as 200,000 for volunteers, contracted soldiers or members of their families. 80 million will be spent on providing families of mobilized soldiers with firewood and coal. The number of residents of Buryatia in the war zone may exceed 13 thousand people. This assessment is confirmed by 13,500 New Year's gifts prepared by the region for military personnel. It should be noted that the expenditure part of the budget of Buryatia for 2022 amounted to 98.1 billion rubles with a deficit of 6.6 billion.

At the same time, the mobilized from Buryatia and other regions continued to die in the war. Nikolay Tsyrenov, born in 2001, from the Buryat village of Khorga, was killed “in the line of duty”. 24-year-old Maxim Fadeev, mobilized from the Sverdlovsk region, was killed on November 2. Mediazona media outlet publishes data on confirmed losses of the Russian Federation. The total number of those killed exceeded 9 thousand people, of which 259 were mobilized soldiers (as of November 11, this number was 163).

Vladimir Bykhovets, 54, mobilized from Sayanogorsk, Republic of Khakassia, holds the rank of captain in the Russian Aerospace Forces. However, in the training he was assigned to lead 39 people who were to learn how to aim a howitzer at a target and shoot from it. As the commander admitted, he does not know how to do it himself. The Military Prosecutor's Office of the Omsk garrison said that they had carried out an inspection and found out that the order by which Vladimir Bykhovets was appointed commander of a howitzer artillery battery was contrary to current legislation and should be canceled. However, the command of the regiment does not know how to formalize this, so the issue is now on hold.

A 53-year-old man with a tumor and other health problems was mobilized in Kostroma. Despite numerous appeals by the individual, his draft notice was not revoked. Now he has appealed to a military prosecutor's office and a court.

In Bashkiria, a father of four had to remarry his ex-wife to avoid being sent to war. Only after that, the Ministry of Defense decided to send the mobilized man back home.

Ruslan Zinin, 25, who shot a military commissar [head of enlistment office] in Ust-Ilimsk, wrote a letter from the pre-trial detention center. He said that he was worried about the death of a school friend who was conscripted and died in the war. He was afraid that the same fate would befall his younger brother, who received a draft notice. "Having imagined for a moment that I would ever, God forbid, have to see my loved one like this, I realized that I could not live knowing that I had done nothing." The military commissar survived the assassination attempt and has already been checked out of a hospital.

Secret documents related to mobilization were lost in the Stavropol region by an officer of the Ministry of the Interior's Mobilization Department. The lost documents included a certificate of the status of mobilization training for citizens in the Ipatov city district and a statement of the provision of weapons, radiological, chemical, and biological protection. Currently, the officer faces a felony charge of "Loss of documents containing official secrets" and up to three years in prison.

There are new services being advertised on Instagram for the wives of mobilized soldiers. A stylist will help women create a stunning look to meet their husbands returning from the front line. In Novourengoy, citizens were taught to make "trench candles". Schoolchildren joined the workshop. In addition, a cadet school in Novy Urengoy raised money to support the mobilized soldiers.