mobilization briefs
September 29, 2022

Mobilization update for September 27-28

Voting at the "referendums" on the entry of the self-declared people's republics into Russia has come to an end. According to the organizers, a stratospheric 90%+ voted "in favor". The Russian-appointed heads of the "people's republics" and occupied regions have already asked the President of the Russian Federation to be admitted into Russia. An unscheduled session of the Russian State Duma will be convened on October 3, and the Federation Council will meet on October 4. As we expect, at these meetings, the deputies and senators will approve the inclusion of the new territories into the Russian Federation. Senator A. Bashkin stated that this will require changes to the Russian Constitution. At the same time, it may be announced that the borders will be closed to men who are subject to mobilization.

A video of the allegedly first mobilized prisoner of war has appeared. A certain Aleksey Vladimirovich Pashkov, born in 1977, says it (that he's a mobilized soldier) in the video. In another video, he demonstrates his documents, including a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation. This information needs additional verification. Also, according to the military commissar of Adygea, who stated that the plan for "partial" mobilization has completed, the first batch of mobilized people has already been sent to Ukraine. Hundreds of recruits have left without any training. The mobilized in the Belgorod region were sent to the front in the Luhansk region. "Early this morning, they left for Svatove, in the very zone of military operations... 179 people, and, on September 26, 200 more left," said the sister of one of the mobilized.

Ruslan Zinin, the shooter who wounded the military commissar [head of the enlistment office] inUst-Ilimsk, was arrested for two months pending trial, and his mother is looking for money for a lawyer.

Russians who left the Russian Federation during the "partial" mobilization and didn't break the law in doing so can return without consequences, said Senator Klimov. Meanwhile, Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the State Duma, said that the authorities keep lists of those who left the country, hinting at consequences for such citizens. He also offered to give the cars abandoned by Russians at the borders "to the families of those guys who went to fight."

Videos of sending mobilized people to the Armed Forces continue to appear en masse. More mobilized were sent from Tomsk today. Mobilization in the city of Nolinsk, Kirov region, was accompanied by tears and a priest. In Nizhnevartovsk, a little girl saw her father off to the war. The mobilized in Saratov region walked to the draft board because the bus was broken. Kirov has its own mobilization rules. A group of 50 men went to fight from Barnaul. In Sevastopol, elderly men were mobilized. The governor of Krasnoyarsk Krai (region) checked how the process of sending mobilized men was organized.

More and more reports are coming in about the mobilization of citizens who do not fit the criteria declared by the Ministry of Defense. The State Duma refused to publish the list of categories of citizens subject to mobilization, calling it a state secret. After attracting the attention of the media, in a number of cases, it was possible to get the decision canceled. For example, in the Saratov region, the decision to mobilize Lieutenant Alexander Ermolaev, 59, from Volsk was revoked.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered the draft boards to send out notices of recall of summons that were based on invalid or inaccurate data and to open an appropriate hotline for complaints.

There is a growing number of videos showing problems with the accommodation and supply of mobilized people. Near Omsk, the mobilized were housed in tents with stoves but with no electricity, and also in a hangar for 1,000 people. This is how the accommodation facility in Tatarstan looks like. Problems with provision are observed at the training center in the village of Yelan in the Sverdlovsk region, where recruits from the Ural and Siberia are placed. Regional authorities are trying to solve the problems both with their own funds (the governor of the Tyumen region promised to buy more equipment at the regional budget's expense) and at the expense of the mobilized, giving them lists of necessary things.

There are continuing reports about the complete lack of training of mobilized personnel for combat operations in many units and subunits, as well as about their immediate shipment to the front. In particular, a notorious video shows a similar situation in the 1st Guards Tank Regiment of the 2nd Guards Motorized Taman Division, part of the already repeatedly (negatively) distinguished 1st Guards Tank Army. This report also finds confirmation in another source.

Data on mobilization continues to be voiced in various regions of the country. In particular, it’s planned to mobilize 1,700 people in Mari-El, 3,000 people in the Ryazan region, and 2,000 people in the Novosibirsk region. The governor of the Belgorod region reported a decrease in requirements from the Defense Ministry. Now the region needs to "add" 120 people.

The situation at the borders is beginning to look more like a humanitarian disaster. At the border with Georgia, people are beginning to run out of food, water, and gasoline. Some people standing in a queue are trying to sell their cars right there. Volunteers come to the aid of people in trouble. Latvia declared an emergency in the border regions due to mobilization in Russia. The government also decided to close the border crossing in Pededze. And a mobile draft board was opened on the Russian-Finnish border.

Gosuslugi (the State Services app) launched a service for IT specialists to receive a reservation from mobilization. In particular, it offers to explain in 255 words the need for their presence at work.

The Academy of Sciences is preparing an appeal to the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Defense for exemption from the mobilization of graduate students, candidates, and doctors of sciences.

Sportsmen are beginning to receive summonses. Two St. Petersburg figure skaters who never served in the army have received summonses. Former Russian national football team player Diniyar Bilyaletdinov was also called up for the war.

The arson map was updated in the last 24 hours. In Vladivostok, the building of the military commissariat was attacked two nights in a row. Another arson took place in a village near Moscow. The administration building was burned there.