Ukraine War Day #211: Russia Mobilizes (Partially)

Dear Readers:

Today I have this short piece by reporter Dmitry Zubarev. As we have heard, Russia is doing a “partial mobilization” of her army, which will be needed to (a) finish the job, and (b) defend her new borders against NATO incursion.

In the Russian Republic of Yakutia (way out there in the Far East, near the Arctic Ocean), there dwells a man who goes by the name of Alexander Avdonin. His title is Military Commissar. And this is what he had to say: “All citizens of the Russian Federation, who are called up for mobilization, will serve under the same terms as contract soldiers. They will receive the same compensation [as contract soldiers], namely starting at 205,000 rubles per month, or greater, depending on their duties and rank.”

Commissar Alexander Avdonin

The mobilization will begin by calling up, first, young men who already served not longer than 3 years ago and who are, thus, familiar with the ways of military life.

Avdonin: “This call-up applies to all citizens who are able to serve and who do not have a legitimate reason to postpone their service. The call-up and collection of citizens will take place in Yakutia. Later we will dispatch the lads to their military units. Everything is proceeding according to plan.”

Avdonin adds that the draftees will be told, in their tickets, where they should gather. “Be sure to have with you, your passport, your draft notice, and your debit card so that your salary can be transferred to your bank account.”

Meanwhile, WAY back over on the other side of Russia, namely Crimea, Head of the Republic Sergei Aksyonov is also busy mobilizing his people. Earlier he had hinted that the regions might be paying even more as supplemental salaries to their mobilized soldiers. But then also warned that the regions should not get into competition with each other, as to whose soldiers receive a better pay.

Russia Has No Friends

Bagheri: “This is gonna be cool!”

Meanwhile, in this piece, also by the trusty Dmitry Zubarev, we learn that very shortly (“this autumn”) Russia will be conducting joint naval exercises, in the Indian Ocean, with its new bestie, The Islamic Republic of Iran! A tiny country called China will also be participating. This was announced by Head of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, a very nice man named Mohammad Bagheri. He announced this at a press conference in the middle of a parade:

“These exercises will take place with the participation of the armed forces of Iran, Russia, and China, in the northern section of the aquatorium of the Indian Ocean, in the fall of this year. Pakistan, Oman and a series of other countries will most likely also take part in the activities.”

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13 Responses to Ukraine War Day #211: Russia Mobilizes (Partially)

  1. BM says:

    The mobilization will begin by calling up, first, young men who already served not longer than 3 years ago and who are, thus, familiar with the ways of military life.

    Avdonin: “This call-up applies to all citizens who are able to serve and who do not have a legitimate reason to postpone their service.

    Is that what he said? It does not agree with what both Putin and Shoigu, who stated that only those with both combat experience and special skills will be called up.


    • BM says:

      Also excludes those working in the military industrial complex.


    • yalensis says:

      I didn’t see anything in the articles I saw about “special skills”, only that the first batch would comprise recent soldiers. (Who would not need to start from scratch, in terms of their training.)


      • BM says:

        You should definitely see both Putin’s speech and Shoigu’s speech!


        YAKUTIA.INFO. First and foremost, under partial mobilization are those citizens who have served recently – who completed military service not more than three years ago, who are registered with the military authorities and have military service skills. Alexander Avdonin, the military commissar of Yakutia, announced this at a briefing on 22 September.

        “All citizens who are enrolled in the military register and do not have legal grounds for deferment are subject to call-up on mobilization.

        “Skills” here specifically means “special skills” as Shoigu made clear. The last paragraph is not the group called up, it is only the much broader group from which those called up are selected.


  2. James lake says:

    I have read about the mobilisation on colonel Cassad live journal and I have used Google translate to add the following:

    1. Those who are needed to perform tasks will be called up – these are, of course, shooters, tankers, gunners, drivers, mechanics-drivers

    2. As such, there is no order of conscription from the reserve, but priority is given to those who have suitable military accounting specialties

    3. The number of conscripts is determined by the staffing requirements of the completed military units

    4. One of the main factors is the presence of combat experience

    5. Both officers and privates and sergeants will be called up

    6. According to the law, privates and sergeants up to 35 years old, junior officers up to 50, seniors up to 55 are subject to conscription for mobilization

    7. There are positions that can be filled by women who have the appropriate military accounting specialties, for example, medical workers – but the need for such specialists is minimal

    8. In accordance with the law, they will not be called up:

    • reserved citizens, these include employees of defense industry enterprises
    • deemed temporarily unfit for health reasons
    • those who are engaged in the permanent care of a family member or the disabled of group I
    • having 4 or more dependent children under the age of 16
    • those whose mothers besides them have 4 or more children under the age of 8 and raise them without a husband

    9. Citizens booked in accordance with the established procedure for organizations are entitled to a postponement, according to paragraph 1 of Article 18 of the law “On Mobilization Training”

    10. If a military pensioner, regardless of belonging to law enforcement agencies, is retired (over 65 years old or for health reasons) and is removed from military registration, he is not subject to conscription for mobilization

    11. Quotas for the number of conscripts from the reserve are not established, based on the volume of the available mobilization reserve, a separate mobilization task is defined for each region, it depends on the number of citizens on military registration in the region

    12. Those who permanently live outside of Russia and are not registered for military service are not subject to conscription, and those who have left for a short time and are registered for military service at their place of residence in Russia can be called up. – zinc

    TAGS Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Russia, war n


  3. Avdonin has the potato-shaped head of a true Slavic leader of men! With a chin like a hefty Idaho that you’d bake in the oven for an hour. The bristly hair — is it red, or is that just the lighting? — adds to the powerful effect. Whereas Bagheri makes me think of a university professor, or maybe a drug smuggler who you’d find in a Turkish prison. The latter impression is mostly due to those shades, though. If future wars could be fought on the basis of commanders staring and snarling at each other, with the winner being whoever is judged to be most terrifying — wouldn’t that be more humane than the way we do it now? — then the Slavs would rule the world. Especially if Malyuk joined in. Except he’d be gurning for the Nazis…


    • yalensis says:

      I picked a mostly flattering picture of Bagheri, because that’s my editorial policy: Even with people I don’t like or even regard as enemies, I try to find a less hideous photo. (There are exceptions, but on the whole I avoid the tabloid trick of showing somebody in their least-flattering light .) In Bagheri’s case, there were some photos which show him to have a weak chin, in my opinion. So I avoided those and picked this one, which made him look cool.

      In Avdonin’s case, I wouldn’t necessarily say that he has a potato HEAD, but definitely a potato chin. The red hair may be a hint of Ugric or even Polovetsian origin. There are not many red-headed Slavs, and the ones that are, usually stem from a specific tribe (way back when). Motorola was another example of that. These people may be the origins of the ancient legends of red-headed elves.


  4. olavleivar says:



  5. Pavlo Svolochenko says:

    Better late than never.



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