Friday Vladimir Putin held the highly anticipated meeting with the mothers of the mobilized. Kind of.
In fact, the mothers in question were carefully selected and mostly turned out to be United Russia officials. Also, their sons are mostly professional soldiers rather than mobilized Joe Blows.
The mothers’ of the mobilized organization that originally sought the meeting ahead of Mother’s Day on the 27th reported that not a single representative of theirs was invited.
Russian media was able to identify seven participants, most have government ties:
- Olga Beltseva is a United Russia deputy in Moscow City.
- Yulia Belekhova ran on the United Russia list for the federal Duma in 2016, but was not elected. She heads the Association of Chairmen of Councils of Apartment Buildings of the Moscow Region.
- Nadezhda Uzunova is a former adviser to the head of Khakassia. In 2018, she worked for ex-governor Viktor Zimin and United Russia. Now she is in charge of collecting humanitarian aid in the Combat Brotherhood.
- Irina Tas-Ool, an official from Tyva, the head of the department for family, youth and sports in the administration of the Kaa-Khemsky district.
- Olesya Shigina shoots Orthodox patriotic films.
- Zharadat Agueva, is the mother to high-ranking Chechen security officials, the commander of the West-Akhmat battalion, Ismail Aguev, and the head of the Kurchaloy District Department of Interior Affairs, Rustam Aguev. Kadyrov has repeatedly called Rustam Aguev his “brother” and regularly talks about the “exploits” of Ismail Aguev on his telegram channel.
- Marina Migunova, a member of the Public Chamber of Orekhovo-Zuyeva, also collects humanitarian aid for the front.
Putin must have felt very relaxed in the presence of these United Russia cadres for what he told them was truly horrific:
“About 30,000 people die in traffic accidents in our country,” Vladimir Putin said. “About the same number from alcohol… We are all under the Lord… Under Allah, under Christ… There, I don’t know… The important thing is that we are all mortal. And someday we will all leave this world. It’s unavoidable. The question is how we lived. Some after all live or not live – it is not clear. And how they leave – from vodka or something else. And then they left – and lived or did not live? And imperceptibly. Somehow slipped through. And whether a person lived, or not. But your son lived. And his goal has been achieved.
That is, it remains visible.
– This means that he did not leave life in vain, – the Russian president added. – You understand me, right?
Firstly, Putin is using a very high estimate of annual Russian traffic deaths. The number is closer to 15,000 and hasn’t been 30,000 in 15 years. Same thing for alcohol-related deaths. They are at 7,000 and haven’t been at 30,000 in over 15 years.
Secondly, imagine if Putin was actually sitting with mothers who had not been carefully screened. And then started contextualizing the war dead by making parallels with annual traffic alcohol mortality. Just how autistic do you have to be to speak to a mother who buried a son and tell her that everyone is mortal and 30,000 die in traffic accidents, while just as many kill themselves with alcohol?
Thirdly, the line about how at least the son did not die in vain is an utter lie. The great majority of the 25,000 (including DLPR here) who have died for Russia have died for nothing, and it’s precisely Putin’s fault.
What did the 25,000 die for? Russia holds Mariupol, rural Kherson, rural Zaporozhye and rural Lugansk. That doesn’t justify 25,000 dead! A fraction of the dead died for this. Others died for Izyum, Kherson and Kiev that were then abandoned. Still others died so that Putin could continue to not make the mobilization decision for 7 months!
50 to 100 die entirely pointless deaths each day right now as the front doesn’t move at all. — Because Putin declined to generate the mass to break the deadlock.
For under 25,000 dead Adolf Hitler took entire Poland! What has Putin translated the deaths of 25,000 into? Ukraine’s military potential is as great as when the war started. After all that advancing into Kiev, Kharkov, Chernigov, Sumy, Voznesensk, Kherson, Kupyansk, Izyum and so on Ukraine hasn’t been denied a single major city besides Mariupol.
Given a 7-month head start in mobilizing and 9 months of practice against the Russians — whom Putin forced to go in piecemeal and with their pants down — the Ukrainians are far more formidable than they were in February. That’s another thing, 25,000 isn’t the final tally. Putin hasn’t just thrown away the majority of the 25,000 lives lost for nothing. —He has ensured many more will have to die to get the job done than would be the case if he had done things remotely competently in 2022.
Everyone understands intuitively that when sending men on a campaign they’re the safest and most effective if you send as many as possible and very bunched up. Putin instead didn’t mobilize, told them to expel conscripts from their BTGs and divided them up along 6 different axes of advance. All because he thought all Russia needed to do was to show up like it’s 2014 and even just basics of good operational practice were not needed and would get in the way.
When this was exposed as a delusion it took him 7 months to face up to the increasingly horrific manpower problem. So late that it was already too late for Izyum, Liman, and Kherson, while on the equipment end 95% of the GDP still goes into peacetime stuff!
Then he turns around and vaxes lyrical about how the deaths have not been in vain. That’s precisely what they have been!
At the very, very least the state owes a serviceman not to throw away his life lightly. If he is to bear great danger it has to be for something that is absolutely worth it.
Putin doesn’t seem to think so. After all, dying pointlessly in a war needlessly stalemated by incompetence is a good death compared to dying of vodka or in a car crash!
It’s incredible how much leeway he gives himself. Is 25,000 dead for Mariupol and 45,000 sq kilometers of turnip fields a good enough result? Would you have thought so in February?
But if he is capable of contextualizing the war dead against the “30,000” annual traffic deaths and “30,000” alcohol deaths then why wouldn’t he think that?
If your war is claiming fewer lives annually than traffic and vodka then maybe you don’t need to present any great gains to counterpose to the loss? If you think that’s a small number of soldiers to perish then the imperative to have something big to show for that isn’t really there. You can just take it easy, not mobilize for 7 months and keep on spending under 5% GDP. It’s just 50-100 dead per day, what’s the big deal?
Besides, you’re just giving people the opportunity for their deaths to have meaning. I mean, without you and your cretinously inept war the plebs might just as well have just drank themselves to death instead. You’re practically doing them a favor!
Another well-written comment on Twitter by a Russian:
I read the transcript from the meeting with mothers of mobilized, it’s some impossible shit, Putin uses quite a high car fatality rate in Russia to diminish the current losses.
And after it said that a lot of people have a worthless life, but at least people who died did it for a reason. It’s once again the background, that a large share of the deaths of mobilized is directly attributable to the absolutely otherworldly operational level decisions.
Then you have the segment, in which he tells that he is actually trying to solve the supply with equipment after the federal government consistently told and continues to tell that it will not actually fund equipment. [It’s demanded the regions do it.]
I suppose he wanted to say something deep and the meeting was always with him tightly screened and filled with bureaucrats, but I suppose the audience for it is not very smart, but like how awful all of this stuff looks.
When he finished it with “evil Ukrainians killing their own for not wanting to go in attacks” when you have a funny warlord with the official doctrine about this that recently executed a person with a hammer. There is nothing left, all of this is rotten, just nothing.
I feel insane when I speak with pro-Russian Westerners, I try to explain to them that I have a massive panic because the government just literally doesn’t care and is incompetent and will murder a massive amount of Russians because of it, they post something about globohomo at me.