mobilization briefs
November 9, 2022

Volunteer summary on mobilization in the Russian Federation for November 7–8

The Russian Ministry of Defense has clarified the procedure of payments to the mobilized and contract soldiers. Lump-sum payments of 195 thousand roubles are accrued to the conscripts, who have signed the contract during their military service, to the recruited within the "partial" mobilization, and to the volunteers, who has signed the contract for a year or more. The salary of a platoon leader recruited during the "partial mobilization" will amount to 225 thousand roubles, battalion commander — 243 thousand roubles. The salary for the previous month on duty is to be transferred to personal accounts from 10th to 20th of each month. The money allowances will be paid to the mobilized servicemen ahead of the schedule this month, starting from November 8. The base part of the payment to the mobilized — 158 thousand roubles out of 195 thousand roubles — is subject to the 13% income tax exemption. The rest is subject to income tax.

The Commander of the RuAF troops in the area of "special military operation" General Sergei Surovikin has reported to the Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu of providing the recruited within the mobilization servicemen with all the required types of allowances (gear, equipment, food, ammunition).

Valery Fadeyev, head of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation, suggested providing all the regions with the same outfit for mobilized people. He recommended taking the expenses of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region-Yugra as an example, and the difference for the poor regions, according to Fadeev's idea, should be compensated by the federal center.

Alexander Gusev, governor of the Voronezh region, promised an additional measure of support for the mobilized: officially recognized poor will be entitled to a one-time payment per family member in the amount of the subsistence minimum. Today, it is 11,832 rubles (about $190 at the current exchange rate) in this region.

A resident of the Kholmogorsk district, Yegor Chapurin, who was drafted during mobilization, criticized the governor of Pomorye, Alexander Tsybulsky, for the kits for soldiers. In Ukraine, on the eve of winter, mobilized soldiers are offered to wear rubber boots and thin underwear. It is proposed to sleep on thin yoga mats in light sleeping bags. 29.RU media outlet from Pomorye contacted the author of the sensational video and also received a comment from the government of the Arkhangelsk region.

Mobilized Oryol residents recorded video appeals to the head of the region, Andrei Klychkov, and complained that they were given knives that broke, Chinese flashlights from Fix Price, backpacks that tear, boots "in which it is impossible to walk," and so on. In the video, the mobilized compared their bags to the backpacks issued to residents of the Vladimir region - the Oryol ones were quickly torn. The mobilized reported that they had to carry their belongings in plastic bags. According to them, proper clothes and uniforms were brought to them by relatives and volunteers. The mobilized also asked the governor what he spent 33 million rubles on. In response, Andrei Klychkov suggested to those who are dissatisfied with the quality of the outfit to "buy it themselves."

Verstka internet media outlet published an audio telephone conversation of a mobilized soldier from Kursk region Aleksey Pupynin with his wife and mother. «People are being led literally as a bait to reveal AFU positions, artillery», — he told his relatives. According to his words, mobilized soldiers started a riot and refused to get into positions. Relatives of the mobilized made a video appeal in Kursk. They came to the Military Prosecutor’s Office and the Regional Administration Building with a requirement to recall mobilized soldiers from the frontline in Luhansk region where they are under fire all the time. Today the Governor of Kursk region Roman Starovoit met with relatives of the mobilized who were sent to the frontline: “I have communicated with wives and mothers. I share their pain and anxiety. I will do everything in my power”.

Wives and mothers of mobilized soldiers from Voronezh region complained that their loved ones were thrown to the front without training in spite of the fact that they were promised a one-month training at a training ground in Dzhankoi.  Meanwhile, there is no command at positions and servicemen are constantly under mortar fire. Those who wanted to retreat from positions were threatened with criminal prosecution for desertion.

Relatives of the mobilized residents of Voronezh who were sent to the front as part of the 252nd Motorized Rifle Regiment made another video appeal to authorities. They have not been informed where their relatives are since the beginning of October. The mobilized were taken from a military unit in Boguchar town (Voronezh region) to Valuyki town on the 5th of October. Their relatives haven't got any official information about them since that time. In addition, 8 women relatives made a video appeal near the Pavlovsk Military Commissariat in Voronezh region. They demanded to withdraw from the frontline their relatives who escaped the encirclement near Chervonopopivka village. The BBC talked to Alexey Agafonov who was the first to tell about the situation with mobilized soldiers from Voronezh. He told additional details of the events. In particular, he clarified that 500 mobilized soldiers were really sent to Makiivka area and he doesn’t know the fate of most of them. He has no confirmation that they were all killed. Meanwhile, a queue of ambulances has formed near the railway station in Voronezh. Probably, injured mobilized soldiers have been brought.

Mobilized men from Ulyanovsk region came under fire in Luhansk region. Survivors were abandoned to their fate by commanders without food and medicines, the wife of one of them said. At the same time, mobilized soldiers from Ulyanovsk region, Penza region and Bashkortostan who came under fire in Luhansk region complained about the pressure by the Military Police which tried to send them to the front again.

«We are going to be killed and we want to know that our families are provided for», — mobilized soldiers from Ulyanovsk demanded that the Governor pay them (another video). According to their words, they were paid only 1,500 rubles over a month and a half while they were in a military unit. Families of mobilized men from Tuapse town got firewood but not 100,000 rubles announced by the Governor of Kuban. The head of Novokuznetsk city Sergey Kuznetsov told that a mobilized man from the city asked him for chainsaws “for a tent camp”. Mobilized men from Novosibirsk complained about “Soviet equipment” which they were given to go to the front.

The prosecutor's office has acknowledged the fact of placing the mobilized from Norilsk in the middle of an open field near Omsk. This happened due to the "accumulation of mobilized persons". The military prosecutor of the Omsk garrison petitioned the command, after which "the violations were immediately eliminated." The issue of bringing the perpetrators to justice was promised to be considered.

The Ministry of Defense denies a ban on family meetings or the use of phones in the 74th Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade in Kuzbass. According to the ministry, all servicemen are allowed to use "dumbphones". Nevertheless, "dumbphones" were also banned in the 74th Brigade.

Mobilized Ivan Kotov from Vologda, who at the beginning of the mobilization called the information about the poor conditions of the men called up to the war a fake, changed his mind after he came under fire and saw the death of soldiers (he later replaced his latest post with a conciliatory one).

20 mobilized servicemen of the 9th Regiment of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation surrendered in the Svatove area. According to the soldiers, they were abandoned by their command and decided to capitulate. On November 7, mobilized Corporal Kirill Slesarev, 22, from the Vladimir region, was taken prisoner. Ruslan Zaidullin, mobilized in the Sverdlovsk region on September 29, was killed near the village of Chervonopopivka, Luhansk region on October 25. Roman Shvetsov, an engineer from Novouralsk, mobilized on September 29, was killed in the village of Pokrovske, Luhansk region on October 23. Pavel Korchagin, 33, mobilized in Novouralsk, was killed near Svatove. Dmitry Sobinov, mobilized on September 28, was buried in Ufa yesterday.

Russia's Ministry of Defense released footage of the arrival of mobilized Russians at the training grounds in Belarus. The Ministry of Defense also posted how the mobilized are trained to storm enemy positions at the South-Eastern Military training ground in the Stavropol region. In Tver, the mobilized were sent to training grounds located in the rear area of the "special operation" zone. A train with conscripts from the Trans-Baikal region was also sent there. A group of conscripts from the Vologda region were also sent to the training grounds of the Ministry of Defense. Members of tank crews are being trained in the rear of the combat zone, and combat training has ended for the mobilized airborne forces.

Journalists interviewed the residents of the Perm region, who are now at the Elan training ground. All of them complain about the lack of equipment and weapons at the training center. They should be sent to the combat zone at the end of November.

Selling alcohol near the Vladimir training center is prohibited after a murder occurred. On November 7, the Governor's decree came into force. Kovrovskie Vesti [Kovrov News] reported that on November 4, a mobilized local resident stabbed a man at a local bar. The soldier was allegedly arrested. In October, Vladimir authorities had already banned the sale of alcohol due to mobilization, but later lifted the ban.

Anastasia Kashevarova [pro-Russian military correspondent] reported that the mobilized were being sent to the front line in Svatove. Thus, losses in personnel were compensated with new batches of mobilized soldiers. Mothers of soldiers told the Agentstvo media outlet about sending the mobilized from Omsk to the Wagner PMC units.

Tinkoff Bank refused to provide the family of a mobilized soldier from the Krasnoyarsk Territory with credit holidays. Deputy of the Legislative Assembly Ilya Zaitsev reported this on his Telegram channel.

Almost 90 enterprises in the Krasnoyarsk Territory are looking for employees to replace those specialists who were mobilized. In the Sverdlovsk region, there is a shortage of employees in the fields where men are most often employed. Experts attribute this to the mobilization. The governor of the Irkutsk region Igor Kobzev signed an order and now senior students can be recruited to the jobs of those who have been mobilized.

Participants of the Berezhki social project for people with disabilities sew first-aid kits for soldiers. In Krymsk, schoolchildren are involved in sewing stretchers and first-aid kits for soldiers at war. Kemerovo customs officers allocated part of their salaries to help the mobilized soldiers. They will send 90 devices to military units from Kuzbass procured with their personal funds: a diesel generator, chainsaws, and heat guns. The doctors of the town hospital No.1 in Kiselevsk also collected money and bought useful stuff for the mobilized soldiers. The parents of pupils of the younger group of kindergarten No.32 in Ryazan were offered to make doll-amulets with their own hands. Residents of the Talovsky psycho-neurological boarding school in the Ishimsky district of the Tyumen region knit socks for soldiers. Students of the Pskov State University were involved in sewing stretchers for the 76th Guards Air Assault Division, which is currently in Ukraine.

Children of mobilized and military personnel have been included in the number of mandatory recipients of New Year's gifts in the Omsk region. In the Ulyanovsk region, more than 50 nannies will be trained to help the families of the mobilized.

A St. Petersburg draft office sent a draft notice to the sailor from the Moskva cruiser, whom his mother has been looking for since April. In Tatarstan, 29-year-old Fanil Gatiyatullin was mobilized with a tumor, obesity (his weight is 116 kg), diabetes mellitus and other diseases and immediately sent to a military unit without a medical examination with A grade. Despite a great number of diseases, the man was not demobilized. A man with a confirmed diagnosis of a personality disorder was mobilized in the Tula region. A young man with a severe form of allergy, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, was mobilized in the Pskov region. In the Sverdlovsk region, a councilman from United Russia was mobilized.

The Beloretsk Interdistrict Court satisfied the claims of 23 employees of the Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant JSC. The workers demanded their draft during "partial" mobilization to be declared illegal.