They should go to war for him – and serve as cannon fodder
Putin lures Kyrgyz and Uzbeks with Russian passports
The embassies of the Central Asian countries neighboring Russia are concerned. Uzbek, Tajik and Kyrgyz migrant workers could be pressured into joining the Russian military.
Putin announced on September 21 that he was sending 300,000 reservists to the Ukrainian front.
According to the Russian government, more than 4.5 million Uzbeks and almost a million Kyrgyz work in Russia. Some commute, others have a residence permit. The embassies of neighboring Central Asian countries are concerned that migrant workers are being pressured to join the Russian army.
Vladimir Putin (69) announced on September 21 that he would send 300,000 reservists to Ukraine. Shortly thereafter, the Uzbek Prosecutor General’s Office warned its citizens not to sign any contracts with the Russian military. Anyone who goes to war for another country is considered a mercenary and faces up to ten years in prison. In Kyrgyzstan, mercenaries face five to ten years in prison. Kazakh citizens fighting abroad face up to nine years in prison. On September 20, however, the Russian Duma passed another law: Anyone who has served in the Russian military for a year can obtain Russian citizenship more easily.
Military bait with citizenship, money and houses
In March, an Uzbek taxi driver said in a Telegram video that he would serve in the Russian military for three months. In return, he was offered Russian citizenship, housing and a salary of 50,000 rubles a month. This corresponds to around 821 Swiss francs. The migrant workers are sometimes called and put under pressure, writes the online portal The Diplomat. It is not clear whether these are actually official calls or scammers.
For many, the hope of Russian citizenship, a job and a home is worth a lot. Even though Western sanctions are hitting Russia hard, living conditions there are in many places better than in neighboring countries. Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are very poor countries with high unemployment rates.
Dependency can be exploited
The migrant workers are dependent on their jobs in Russia, and many are under pressure to feed their families. The embassies are concerned that workers are threatened with losing their jobs if they don’t join the military.
There is also a 7th clause in Putin’s partial mobilization decree, which is secret. Among other things, it states that the reservists from Dagestan, a very poor republic in Russia, should be the first to be sent to the front. There have been allegations in the past that Russia is using ethnic minorities as cannon fodder in wars. The “Welt” wrote in May that the majority of Russian war dead came from poor Russian provinces or republics.