Russia is actively recruiting citizens of other states for the war against Ukraine: British intelligence explained what is happening
Russia is actively recruiting citizens of neighboring countries for the war against Ukraine, promising large payments. In this way, Moscow probably wants to avoid further internal mobilization measures ahead of the 2024 presidential election and to gain additional manpower in the face of its growing losses.
This is reported in a UK military intelligence summary released on the morning of September 3. According to its data, the Russian Federation is recruiting citizens of neighboring states as of the end of June 2023.
In particular, online ads offering initial payments of 495,000 rubles ($5,140, about 191,000 UAH) and salaries of 190,000 rubles ($1,973, about 73,000 UAH) were found in Armenia and Kazakhstan.
Recruitment attempts involving the ethnic Russian population were also recorded in the Kostanay region in northern Kazakhstan.
Russia has been offering Central Asian migrants to fight against Ukraine since at least May 2023, promising accelerated citizenship and salaries of up to $4,160.
For example, Uzbek migrant construction workers in occupied Mariupol had their passports confiscated upon arrival. They were forced to join the Russian army. Russia is home to at least 6 million Central Asian migrants, whom the Kremlin likely views as potential recruits.
"Russia probably wants to avoid further internal mobilization measures ahead of the 2024 presidential election. The exploitation of foreign nationals allows the Kremlin to acquire additional personnel for its war effort in the face of mounting casualties," British Intelligence said.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- Kazakhstan reported that the Russian Federation is trying to drag Kazakhs into the war against Ukraine. A corresponding information campaign is actively spreading in social networks.
- Internet ads offer a one-time payment of 495 thousand Russian rubles for joining the Russian army and a salary of 190 thousand rubles per month, as well as additional benefits. The ads show the flags of the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan, spreading the propaganda slogan "Shoulder to shoulder".