Footage shows 100 Russian recruits mutiny and refuse to be sent to Ukraine after learning £4,200 lump sum they were promised has NOT been paid to their families
- More than 100 mobilised Russians in Ulyanovsk refused to be sent to the front
- Vladimir Putin’s officials failed to pay their families a ‘promised’ £4,200 payment
- Video shows the mutiny at the military unit where the men were being trained
- Unconfirmed reports say the uprising has now been crushed by Putin’s forces
A mutiny ignited in Ulyanovsk after more than 100 mobilised Russians refused to be sent to the frontline to fight against Ukraine, footage shows.
The troops revolted because Vladimir Putin’s officials failed to pay a ‘promised’ payment of £4,200 to their families in the impoverished Chuvashia region, they claimed.
A female military officer is earlier seen remonstrating with the uniformed men, amid reports that national guards and OMON riot police were called in to suppress the insubordination.
The officer tells them: ‘Guys, I didn’t promise you 300,000 [roubles].’
‘It’s clear – we were f***ing fooled,’ said one mutineer.
The incident reportedly followed an earlier failed attempt to pacify the furious recruits by army officers.
More than 100 mobilised Russians are refusing to be sent to Ukraine’s frontline because officials failed to give their families a ‘promised’ payment equalling £4,200. A female military officer is seen remonstrating with the uniformed men
The money was meant to go to their families in the impoverished Chuvashia region. ‘It’s clear – we were f***ing fooled,’ said one mutineer as the female officer tries to address their concerns
The military unit was undergoing training in Ulyanovsk before they are due to be sent to the front.
The General Staff of Ukraine has previously said that Russian private military companies were conscripting inmates from prisons in the city to fight in the war.
Critics say the call-up is sending men as cannon fodder to the front, but thousands have been lured by promises of payments far higher than their usual salaries.
‘I came here from Moscow,’ said one enlisted reservist in the mutiny, furious that money did not reach his family. ‘Because this is the Motherland, and the President appealed to us all.’
He declared: ‘When I came to the enlistment office, the military commissar told me “As soon as you get there, there will be a one time payment of 300,000 roubles [£4,200] within two, three days…”‘
The money was meant to go to their families in the impoverished Chuvashia region, but it never arrived.
Mobilised men are heard demanding: ‘Who fooled us?’
Others said, ‘Its hopeless’ adding: ‘Why are we even here?’
The female military officer tells them that the promise of an advance payment was in a draft law by the Communist Party, and was not ratified.
One recruit hits back: ‘They should give back their party IDs and go themselves then…’
The mutiny is at a military unit in Ulyanovsk where the men are being trained. They can be heard saying: ‘We refuse to participate in the Special Military Operation and will seek justice until we are paid the money promised by our government headed by the President of the Russian Federation!’
Unconfirmed reports say the uprising has been crushed by Putin’s forces
This is when a man is heard saying: ‘It’s clear we were f***ing fooled.’
Another clip shows what appears to be the same soldiers taking to the streets in the night and chanting slogans.
‘Dear, citizens of the Russian Federation, mobilised servicemen of the Chuvash Republic appeal to you!
‘We are risking our lives to die for your safety and your peaceful life!’
An open letter from the men also emerged with a different figure for the sum they had not been paid.
‘Our state refuses to pay us the sum of 195,000 [£2,750] roubles which we were promised by our President Vladimir Putin!
‘Why then would we go to war for this state, leaving our families without support?
‘We refuse to participate in the Special Military Operation and will seek justice until we are paid the money promised by our government headed by the President of the Russian Federation!’
Unconfirmed reports say the uprising has been crushed by Putin’s forces.