Around six newly mobilized Russian troops have died since the beginning of the nation’s “partial” mobilization for the war in Ukraine less than two weeks ago, human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov added.
Local news reports have mentioned that, “Three of the troops died at an army training centre in the Sverdlovsk region.”
Meanwhile, federal lawmaker Maxim Ivanov said that, “I confirm that three people have died. One of the mobilized men died from a heart attack and another committed suicide. The third one was discharged and sent home, where he died from cirrhosis of the liver.”
Several local media channels have identified the man who repeatedly committed suicide as a 46-year-old resident of the neighbouring Kurgan region. Local authorities have opened a probe.
The Sverdlovsk region’s human rights commissioner Tatyana Merzlyakova confirmed the deaths of two troops, adding that both men had been called up from the Kurgan region. She did not specify their cause of death.
In the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok, Sergei Fedoseenko, 39, died due to a heart attack after he was arrested at a local enlistment office. Another recruit, identified as Borish Shavaev from the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, died at a military base.
Local media have reported that a dead soldier was found at an enlistment office in Siberia’s Tyumen region.
Several Russian regions have taken measures to improve their region’s draft efforts after President Vladimir Putin last week reprimanded officials for “mistakes” in carrying out his “partial” mobilization.
An enlistment office in the Khabarovsk region was suspended and transferred following thousands of people there were mistakenly called up to battle in Ukraine, officials said on Monday.
In Russia’s East Siberian region of Yakutia, around 300 men were sent back to home after being wrongfully called up, as per officials.
Russia’s authorities ordered the so-called partial mobilization of troops to fight in Ukraine, adding that Russia would call up 300,000 people with “relevant” skills or military experience.