Caucasian Knot | Dagestan leader vows to punish mass calls at Derbent military registration and enlistment office

Today, men from Derbent were called over loudspeakers to report urgently to military registration and enlistment offices. Dagestan’s leader Sergey Melikov called the actions of the Derbent authorities “utter” stupidity and promised to punish those responsible.

The “Caucasian Knot” reported that on September 25-26, in Makhachkala, the police severely dispersed the participants in the mass protest actions against the mobilization. According to human rights defenders, at least 250 people have been arrested. In Dagestan, young people unprepared for combat are mobilizing, underlined Aina Gamzatova, wife of the mufti of the republic, in her appeal to Vladimir Putin.

As of September 28, around 30 criminal cases for the use of violence against public officials had been initiated in Makhachkala in the context of protest actions.

Residents of Derbent have been urged to go to military registration and enlistment offices, follows a video posted on Telegram channel “True Dagestan”.

The fact that a Ministry of Emergencies (MfE) service car was driving around town and inviting men to military enlistment offices does not mean mobilization of all the men, says Telman Radjabov, the head of the press service of the city administration of Derbent. According to the official, the authorities resorted to such actions, because there were difficulties in finding some people liable for military service at the places of their registration.

In his Telegram channel, the leader of Dagestan apologized to the residents of the city for the actions of the authorities.

Telegram users have also criticized calls for residents of Derbent to turn out in droves to military registration and enlistment offices.

“Let the officials themselves go and conscript their own relatives into the army, so that they overfill the mobilization plan,” the user said. Digorka Z suggested.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of the 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 29, 2022 at 4:00 PM MSK. To access the full text of the article, Click here.