Anti War: Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Tue Sep 27 09:13:20 PDT 2022

'Real Life Full Metal Jacket': Draft Officer Shot Amid Russian Anger
Over Conscription

The head of a military draft office in the Russian town of Ust-Ilimsk
was being treated for injuries on Monday after being shot by a gunman
who—like more than 1,000 people who have been arrested for protesting
in recent days—was reportedly angry over President Vladimir Putin's
recent military conscription announcement.

Reuters reported that the gunman, who was detained, identified himself
as Ruslan Zinin, age 25. According to The Moscow Times, Zinin was
"very upset" that his best friend, who has no military experience,
"received draft papers despite the authorities' pledge to recruit
strictly experienced reservists."
An activist holds an anti-war poster and shouts a slogan during rally
in Moscow on September 21, 2022. Getty Images

The gunman entered the recruitment office in Irkutsk and said, "No one
will go fight," according to Al Jazeera, before opening fire.

Visegrad24 reported that he said, "We aren't going to war, we are all
going home."

The attack on the local draft office came days after Putin announced a
"partial mobilization" of about 300,000 Russians who will be called up
to fight the war in Ukraine.

Warning: the following video is disturbing...

    Jesus, some real life Full Metal Jacket, with a recruitment
officer being shot. Warning if you watch this video (which probably
won’t be up long)
    — Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) September 26, 2022

Putin told the public that "only those citizens will be drafted to
military service who are currently in the reserve and first of all
those who have served in the army, who have certain professions and
have necessary experience," but there have been several reports from
across the country of people with no experience being called up to
join the invasion of Ukraine.

A Kremlin spokesperson claimed Monday that those draft notices have
been sent in error. Reuters reported that several draft offices have
been attacked since Putin's announcement last week.

In the city of Ryazan, southeast of Moscow, a man reportedly attempted
to set himself on fire at a bus station on Sunday, saying he did not
want to go to war. More than 1,100 Russians were arrested for
protesting the war and the conscription plan following Putin's
announcement, and the number has grown since then.

Tens of thousands of people who are of conscription age have attempted
to flee the country in recent days, crossing borders to Georgia,
Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. The government could close its borders to
people eligible for the mobilization as soon as Wednesday, according
to the Times.

As he announced the mobilization, Putin suggested Russian forces
already in Ukraine are struggling to counter the military aid supplied
by the U.S. and other countries.

Russia Enacts Lengthy Prison Sentences For Wartime Desertion & Refusal To Serve

Days after announcing a partial mobilization of national forces amid
the ongoing 'special operation' in neighboring Ukraine, Russian
President Vladimir Putin on Saturday enacted significant measures to
prevent citizens from fleeing draft notices, as he signed into law
stiff penalties for desertion.

Putin specifically introduced "mobilization, martial law and wartime"
measures into the Russian Criminal Code for the first time, which also
covers long prison terms for "voluntary" surrender.
Anti-war protester detained in Novosibirsk on September 21, 2022. AFP
via Getty Images

It comes following days of social media videos out of Russia going
viral which show young men pack out airports as well as long queues at
border posts at places like the Russia-Georgia border.

According to The Moscow Post, some of the penalties include a harsh 15
years in prison:

    Under the law, "voluntary" surrender is punishable by up to 15
years in prison. But a first-time offender "may be exempted from
criminal liability if he took measures for his release, returned to
his unit or place of service and did not commit other crimes while in
captivity," according to the bill published on the State Duma website.

    Desertion during a period of mobilization or wartime will be
punished by up to 10 years in jail, while conscientious objectors will
risk up to three years in prison.

Penalties are also stipulated for "looting during wartime" - after the
opening months of the Ukraine invasion saw criticism from the West
over reports of Russian troops rummaging through stores and residences
of occupied areas.

    — The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) September 24, 2022

Last week Putin's order called up some 300,000 reservists, with some
reports speculating that the actual figure could be much higher - as
much as one million - according to some sources, though this remains

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has meanwhile been encouraging
safe passage and protection for Russia soldiers who surrender,
according to his words summarized in The Hill:

    Appealing directly to Russians during an address, Zelensky said
Ukraine could guarantee three terms to Russian soldiers in exchange
for their surrender. He said such Russians will be treated in a
civilized manner, the circumstances of their surrender will remain
undisclosed and Ukraine will find a way to ensure those who do not
want to return to Russia are not exchanged.

Zelensky asserted in making the appeal, "Russian commanders do not
care about the lives of Russians. They just need to replenish the
empty spaces left by the dead, wounded, those who fled or the Russian
soldiers that were captured."

There are fresh reports Sunday saying that Russian President Putin in
the coming days will impose a travel ban outside the country for all
military age males...

    Chaos at the Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow today as Russian men
try to flee the country before Putin closes the borders.
    — Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) September 25, 2022

Countries like Finland and the Baltic states have taken measures to
essentially lock-down their borders to Russian young men suspected of
fleeting military service. The Baltic countries have already enacted a
de facto blanket travel ban on Russian nationals, while Finland has
thus far taken only temporary measures to restrict the flow of Russian

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