Russian regions have united around Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s call for “self-mobilization”. That’s according to a new analysis by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
“Self-mobilization” is deployed locally to add additional forces to the Russian occupiers.
On September 16, Vladivostok City Hall confirmed that the city administration is sending letters to men aged 25 to 63 who have experience in the field of military service and are enrolled in the reserve, as well as to those who are registered at the local military commissariat in Vladivostok. They are invited to join the volunteer units of the BARS (combat reserve of the country’s army) or the volunteer units “Tiger” (Marine Corps).
The town hall emphasizes that “each recipient makes his own decision”. At the same time, analysts point out that the recruiters are trying to deceive the men that they have been formally and legally drafted. In fact, the letters are simply an invitation to discuss volunteering.
Analysts say the Vladivostok mayor’s statement indicates that Russian municipal leaders may be under pressure from federal authorities to create “volunteer battalions.”
Kadyrov’s idea of ”self-mobilization” is also supported by other regions. In particular, Kirov Oblast Governor Alexander Sokolov announced that Kirov had formed its second Shironin volunteer battalion, and stated that the regional Vyatka volunteer battalion was already fighting in Ukraine.
The so-called “leader” of occupied Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said on September 16 that the peninsula was increasing its efforts to recruit volunteers. According to him, unidentified large banking institutions allegedly got involved in financing the volunteer battalions with the necessary modern equipment.
Magadan Oblast Governor Sergei Nosov announced financial support for “self-mobilization” and called on all regions to join.
The leaders of Voronezh, Chuvash and Bashkir regions also declared support for “self-mobilization” and that they would recruit about 1,000 volunteers from each region for the war in Ukraine.
Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilev pledged financial support for the volunteer battalions and said many Kemerovo residents are already fighting in the Russian army.
On September 16, the ideologue of “self-mobilization” Kadyrov announced that the Chechen battalions “Vostok” and “Zapad” were transferred to Donbas. According to him, another “armed to the teeth” military unit Akhmat-1 of 2,000 people was created.
He announced the creation of the new units and added that his new unit would fire “on Ukrainian and Western mercenaries in Ukraine,” but did not specify whether the unit was already at the front.
The odious Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov gave an idea that aims to save the Kremlin from announcing a general mobilization. He announced a plan for “self-mobilization” in which “each head of a region can prepare, train and equip at least a thousand volunteers.”
Earlier, Kadyrov talked about declaring martial law in Russia and called on the regions themselves to begin mobilization now. He adds that Chechen units will continue the war in Ukraine even if Putin’s so-called “special operation” ends.