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Thousands of Russians are sent to the Gulag ‘for refusing to obey orders to return to the front in Ukraine’

by Mark Channer War Correspondent
30th Aug 23 1:57 pm

Thousands of Russian soldiers who are refusing to fight on the frontlines in Ukraine are being sent to the Gulag for “refusing to obey orders.”

Vladimir Putin has forced tough measures to maintain the flow of “cannon fodder” to be sent to the front which so far has seen more than 150,000 killed and around 180,000 wounded.

Putin is using the so-called special military operation in Ukraine to maintain his grip on Russian civilians.

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that two Russian soldiers were arrested and sentenced to at least two years each for refusing to go to the frontline.

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The British MoD update said, “On 25 August 2023, two Russian soldiers were sentenced to serve at least two years in a penal colony by a military court for refusing to obey orders to return to the front in Ukraine.

“On 18 July 2023 the Mediazona news outlet reported that Russia was convicting close to 100 soldiers a week for refusing to fight.

“If this trend continues, there will be approximately 5,200 convictions a year for refusing to fight.

“The high rate of convictions demonstrates the poor state of morale in the Russian Army and the reluctance of some elements to fight.

“Refusal to fight likely reflects the lack of training, motivation and high stress situations Russian forces face along the entire Ukrainian frontline.”

The MoD added, “Since Russia’s September 2022 partial mobilisation, Russia has adapted its approach to warfare by utilising sheer mass for offensive and defensive operations.”

On Tuesday the MoD said that Putin is “unlikely” to meet his recruitment target even though the Kremlin are offering vast sums in salaries.

The Kremlin are offering recruits 2.7 more times of the Russian average salary which now stands are more than 200,000 roubles a month.

The MoD said that “By way of comparison, 2.7 times the average UK salary would equate to over £90,000 a year.”

They said the salary the Kremlin are offering with “additional benefits” are a “strong incentive” for Russian’s to sign up to Putin’s war in Ukraine.

The MoD added, “Russia is still unlikely to meet its targets for recruiting volunteers to the ranks.”

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