Coach Zhulin called figure skaters Aliev and Ignatov, who received summons, cannon fodder
Honored coach of Russia in figure skating Alexander Zhulin commented on the news that the figure skaters of the Russian national team Dmitry Aliev and Makar Ignatov received summons from the military registration and enlistment office. His words are quoted by Championship.com.
“They said that they would call up conscripts who were transferred to the reserve. I think that if Russian athletes are involved, then only for the purpose of general physical training. These are people who have no experience at all,” Zhulin said. He called them cannon fodder.
On September 28, Aliyev and Ignatov received summons to the military enlistment office. Champion of Russia and Europe 2020 Aliyev is 23 years old. Ignatov, the silver medalist of the national championship, is 22. Three-time Olympic champion, State Duma deputy Irina Rodnina advised the skaters to take summons and report to the military registration and enlistment office.
On September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of partial mobilization in the country. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu specified that a total of 300,000 reservists are planned to be called up.