Putin’s accomplice threatens to send relatives of protesters to war

A loyal ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to send relatives of anti-war protesters to the front lines in Ukraine – amid reports that college students were being pulled from classes for service and that people with severe disabilities were being called in. Had been.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov warned there could be consequences for protesters, including several dozen women, in Grozny, Chechnya, who ordered Putin’s mobilization of 300,000 reservists.

“Some people write that it is necessary to go out against partial mobilization. Under these conditions, no one should discuss the decision (Putin’s) but abide by it, so I urge everyone not to bullshit,” Kadyrov said in a video on Telegram, Newsweek reported on Friday. told.

“And those who will go out (to protest), they are the enemies of the people,” he continued.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, right, embracing Vladimir Putin, said those who oppose mobilization are
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (right) hugs Vladimir Putin, saying those who oppose mobilization are “enemies of the people”.
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At least 1,300 people have been arrested in Russia for protesting a partial draft.
At least 1,300 people have been arrested in Russia for protesting a partial draft.
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Kadyrov said the sons of three women are fighting in Ukraine, and suggested that other male members of his family “should also be in the area where Russia is conducting special operations.”

The women – all of whom were detained, according to local reports – were only a few of the nearly 1,300 protesters arrested in dozens of cities across Russia since the partial recruitment was announced on Wednesday.

Kremlin officials have said that only reservists with relevant combat and service experience will be called up to arms, and the partial mobilization will not apply to full-time students.

However, there are reports circulating in the Russian media claiming that students are being withdrawn from classes at Buryat State University in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the impoverished Siberian Republic of Buryatia.

As part of the draft to round up students, an unverified video is intended to show the National Guard and military police arriving at Buryat State University in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia.
An unverified video is intended to show the National Guard and military police arriving at Buryat State University in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia to round up students as part of a draft.
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An unnamed student at the school told a local news outlet Village that 10 to 15 National Guard and military police officers appeared on campus on Thursday as freebies to “carry students straight from classes” Outlet Mediazona reported.

The outlet published a video, which could not be independently verified, purportedly showing officers approaching the university to surround youths.

In Buryatia, a mostly rural area wrapped around the southern shore of Lake Baikal, according to statements from local residents, rights activists and even local officials, mobilization allowed some men to verify their age, military records or medical history. Drafted regardless.

Buryat rights activists suspect that the burden of mobilization – and the war itself – is falling on poor, ethnic minority areas to avoid inciting widespread anger in the capital, Moscow.

Lt Col Aleksandr Ermolaev, 63, suffering from diabetes and cerebral ischemia, says he was prepared for battle and was cleared.
Lt Col Aleksandr Ermolaev, 63, suffering from diabetes and cerebral ischemia, says he was prepared for battle and was cleared.
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Such was the outcry over mobilization in Buryatia, however, as Governor Alexei Tsydanov issued a statement on Friday clarifying that those who had not served in the military or had medical exemptions would not be mobilized, although he acknowledged that some Draft notices were issued. given to such men.

If mistakes were made, he said, people should “notify representatives of the military enlistment office at the collection point, along with supporting documents only.”

“There is nothing partial about mobilization in Buryatia,” said Alexandra Garmazapova, president of the Free Buryatia Foundation, an organization that provides legal aid to mobilized people. “They’re taking everyone.”

Her foundation collected hundreds of appeals for help from residents whose relatives had received mobilization papers. Many of them were over 40, and had medical conditions that could have disqualified them from service, she said.

Garmazapova estimates that 4,000 to 5,000 inhabitants of the area were drawn in on the first night of recruitment. He said that in many cases, the officers had issued summons at night.

A 19-year-old student in Ulan-Ude, who had requested her surname be withdrawn, showed Reuters on Thursday a photo of a draft paper given to her father, a 45-year-old journalist who had never served in the military . because of his short-sightedness.

Similar cases have been reported elsewhere in Russia since the partial draft was announced.

Aleksandr Ermolev, a 63-year-old lieutenant colonel in the reserve who suffers from diabetes and cerebral ischemia – brain injury resulting from impaired blood flow to the brain – told Russian news outlet V1.ru that he received his draft papers in the Volgograd region on Wednesday night and was ordered to report to a collection center for drafts seven hours later.

According to Ermolev, who had served in the military for 35 years before retiring, during a medical examination, doctors found him fit for war after concluding that his illnesses would not hinder his ability to fight. .

In this image taken from video, a Russian draftee kisses his partner before boarding a bus to be sent to military units of the Eastern Military District in Yakutsk, Russia, on Friday.
In this image taken from video, a Russian draftee kisses his partner before boarding a bus to be sent to military units of the Eastern Military District in Yakutsk, Russia, on Friday.
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Putin ordered the mobilization of at least 300,000 reservists to bolster his battered army in Ukraine.
Putin ordered the mobilization of at least 300,000 reservists to bolster his battered army in Ukraine.
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“I told them I’m old, even on TV they said no one over 55 would be drafted,” Ermolev said. “Threatening me with criminal charges, they forced me to get a uniform and left for the Prudboy training ground, where I am currently located, contrary to all the announcements by the Defense Minister.

“Now I’m waiting where to send me, I don’t know.”

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, senior officers up to 55 years of age and people suffering from brain injuries and diabetes are exempted from service.

News of the draft sent Russian men of military age fleeing to neighboring countries, including Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Finland and Georgia, where video showed back-up traffic at border crossings.

Flights out of Russia sold out for the next several days, despite one-way airline tickets starting at $5,000.

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