Half of mobilised men in Russian region sent home, commissar fired - governor


Oct 3 (Reuters) - The military commissar of Russia's Khabarovsk region was removed from his post after half of the newly mobilised personnel were sent home as they did not meet the draft criteria, the region's governor said early on Monday.

Russia's first mobilisation since World War Two, declared by President Vladimir Putin on Sept. 21, has led to widespread discontent among officials and citizens over the way the draft has been handled, including complaints about enlistment officers sending call-up papers to clearly ineligible men. [ read more

"In 10 days, several thousand of our countrymen received summons and arrived at the military registration and enlistment offices," Mikhail Degtyarev, the governor of the Khabarovsk region in Russia's Far East, said in a video post on the Telegram messaging app.

"About half of them we returned home as they did not meet the selection criteria for entering the military service."

Degtyarev said the removal of the commissar, Yuri Laiko, would not affect the mobilisation plan set by Putin.

The chaotic mobilisation of men to fight in Ukraine has also prompted thousands of fighting-age men to flee from the country to avoid a draft that was billed as enlisting those with military experience and specialities but has often appeared oblivious to service records, health, student status and even age.

Some 2,000 people have been arrested at anti-war protests in more than 30 towns and cities, and some of them promptly given call-up papers - something the Kremlin said was perfectly legal.

Reporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Robert Birsel

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Kimberly Bradshaw

It does look like the US during the Vietnam war and the draft dodgers and protests. People who don't know why they are fighting. I am just glad Putin is having problems, maybe this war will end.

Shannon Roberts

It is ironic how a government starts a war and then tells people they have to fight in a war but will arrest people for violence.


Putin is reaping what he sowed. Russia have fighting Ukraine for years, this is why they have a shortage of young soldiers. This is why he couldn't knockout Ukraine in that first week of the invasion. So many ways Putin could've gotten what he wanted peacefully and quietly, but he wanted to play the bully and have everyone afraid of him. Idgit.


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