Surprised and scared. This is how a young Russian received the summons to join the front in Ukraine. “They have told me that at 3:00 p.m. I have to leave for the army,” he explains on camera. At that time, he will have to go to a Moscow barracks, even though he has no military experience. Even so, he has been recruited, like so many others in Russia after the announcement of “partial” military mobilization of President Vladimir Putin.
“Do I have an alternative? If I don’t go, they prosecute me criminally“, regrets the future soldier, who adds: “I have a wife, a mortgage. I am 32 years old. I am a normal citizen“.
Also circumspect is another young Russian, about to get on a bus to forcefully join the reservists. “I didn’t expect to have to leave. I’m still studying”, bill. His father, who accompanies him, still cannot believe it: “The president’s decree said that students would not be recruited,” he reproaches.
The picture of goodbyes, family tears and pain is repeated among those who say goodbye to the men who go to war, while Putin’s forces recruit even in the subway and, fundamentally, among ethnic minorities. In this sense, the security and defense analyst Jesús Manuel Pérez Triana emphasized in Al Rojo Vivo that “Russian citizens from the Caucasus and Siberia have died above all in this war on the Russian side.” “That is, the Russians who are not blue-eyed and blond,” he summed up.
In one of those regions, some mothers have confronted a recruiter that he wanted to take his children, as can be seen in the video that illustrates these lines.
More and more Russians are fleeing across borders. at the entrance to Kazakhstan, for example, long queues have formed; is one of the destinations for those who leave by land, as are Mongolia, Georgia and Finland. In the last country, 57% more Russian citizens arrived on Wednesday than on the same day of the previous week.