5 Russian Enlistment Offices Hit By Arson Attacks Several Russian military enrollment offices have been set on fire since the beginning of the war of Ukraine, according to independent Russian media reports published Thursday.
According to the 7×7 news website, the most recent event occurred on Monday in the distant Mordovia area of Russia. Molotov bombs exploded at the Zubova Polyana village, destroying many computers as well as a database of conscripts.
“The recruitment campaign in the [local] districts has been put on hold,” according to the news outlet iStories.
5 Russian Enlistment Offices Hit By Arson Attacks
Molotov cocktails were thrown at military recruiting offices in the Voronezh, Sverdlovsk, and Ivanovo districts in March, causing extensive damage. Young men later caught in Sverdlovsk and Ivanovo claimed they were attempting to disrupt the recruitment campaign in protest of Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict.
Four days after Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine, a 21-year-old man set fire to the enrollment office in the town of Lukhovitsy in the Moscow area. He stated that he wished to destroy archives in order to hinder mobilization of troops.
Detainees are facing a variety of criminal allegations, ranging from property damage to attempted murder and terrorism, among other things.
Russian authorities have cracked down on anti-war demonstrations, notably through the passage of new legislation that makes it illegal to broadcast “fake” information about the military’s conduct.
Russia began recruiting for its spring draft this month, with an aim of recruiting 134,500 men by July 15, according to the Russian military.
The Russian military organizes two annual draft sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall, during which it selects eligible males between the ages of 18 and 27 to service for one year in the military.