When his son was instructed to fight in Ukraine War, Sergei urged him to stay at home.
“You have relatives there, simply refuse,” Sergei told Stas, an army officer. “But he claimed he was going. It was right, he thought. He’s a zombie, I said. Sadly, life would verify it.”
Father and son are not named Sergei and Stas. We modified them for privacy. Sergei will tell us his story at home.
“He traveled to Ukraine after that. Then he began sending me letters outlining what would occur if he chose not to engage in combat.
Stas informed his father of a certain conflict.
Russian soldiers, he claims, were commanded to advance without cover, information, or planning.
“He struggled to reject to fight. “Better take it,” I said. Not our war. It’s not a freedom war. He would write his refusal. They disarmed and guarded him along with the other refusers.
Sergei traveled to the front lines multiple times to secure his son’s release. He continually implored investigators, prosecutors, and military personnel for help.
Finally, he succeeded. Russia received Stas. He informed his father how a “separate set” of Russian soldiers tried to force him to fight in prison.
They thrashed him and took him outside to shoot him. He made him count to 10 on the ground. They shot him for refusing. Multi-hit. He said his face was bloody.
They led him into a room and threatened to murder him if he didn’t accompany them. My child then received a job offer in the store.
Officer Stass was present when Russia invaded Ukraine War in February. Putin promised his “special military operation” would involve only professional soldiers.
By September, though, everything had changed. In what he referred to as “partial mobilization,” the president enlisted a large number of Russian citizens into the armed forces.
Many newly mobilized soldiers grumbled about being forced into war without suitable equipment or training. Ukraine War has reported detaining mobilized Russian soldiers in cells and basements for refusing to return to the front line.
“It’s a means to bring people back to the bloodshed,” says Elena Popova of Russia’s conscientious objector movement. “Commanders should lower soldiers. Commanders only know violence. You can’t force fights.”
Some Russians may view reluctance to re-enter combat as a moral stand. However, there is a more broad reason.
Elena Popova says those who refuse to fight have experienced too much front-line action. “They’re mistreated too. They return from the trenches, cold and hungry, to rage and swear at their commanders.”
Reports of unsatisfied soldiers and detention facilities were denied as false by Russian officials.
President Putin insisted earlier this month that “we have no camps or detention facilities, or anything like that [for Russian soldiers]”. “These are all nonsense and fraudulent allegations with no supporting evidence.”
Soldiers fleeing combat situations is acceptable, the Kremlin leader continued. Bombing or shelling doesn’t necessarily have a physical impact on everyone. After adapting, our men fight well. are.”
Russian lieutenant Andrey ended the fight. For defying orders, Andrei was detained in Ukraine in July. He informed his mother Oksana in Russia. We renamed them again.
I subsequently learned that the building the five men were in had been bombed and that they had all gone. There were no remains to be located. Their official status disappeared. Nothing. No. Stupid. My youngster was illegally and inhumanely treated.
Sergei explains to me from his chamber that Stas’s ordeal in Ukraine has forged their bond.
“We’re in sync now,” Sergei added. No more misunderstandings. His bravado vanished. My son said, “I never thought my own country would treat me like this.” He is transformed. Understands.”
People here don’t realize how much danger we face, not from the enemy but from the inside.