Russia Offering Massive Salary for 3-Month Stints in Ukraine
The self-imposed manpower crunch bites
Russia has trained serving conscripts but won’t use them in Ukraine. This produces a severe manpower shortage which it is trying to dampen with a host of desperate halfway measures. Rounding up Donbass teachers, using the Rosgvardia police troops, disproportionally relying on Chechens, inviting South Ossetians…
One of the desperation measures is courting ex-servicemembers (ex-pros and ex-conscripts alike) to return to the military for stints as short as 3 months, and be paid a staggering 300 thousand rubles per month. At the prewar exchange level that would be 3750 US dollars and is massive money for the Russian province.
It is much higher than the normal salary of a contract soldier which is around $1000 (plus a combat bonus but I don’t know how large). Before Ukraine the shortest contract the Russian military would enter into was for 2 years of service.
Kommersant has the story:
The military commissariat of the Lysvensky urban district of the Perm Territory announced on social networks the recruitment of citizens to conclude short-term contracts for the positions of officers, sergeants and privates to participate in the military operation in Ukraine. Information about this today, May 23, in the morning was posted on the official page of the district administration on the VKontakte social network . It was reported that a contract can be concluded for a period of 3 to 12 months. The monthly monetary allowance of contractors will be from 300 thousand rubles.
After the publication of news about this in the media, the message was deleted. The Lysva military registration and enlistment office declined to comment.
The Business Class publication writes that similar messages appeared today, May 23, in the social networks of the administrations of the Ordinsky and Uinsky municipal districts of the Perm Territory, later they were also deleted.
In a related development, the Duma has raised the age limit for Russians seeking to become contract soldiers from 40 to 50 years.
In the Northern Ural region of Perm, military enrollment centers are reportedly recruiting soldiers for "short-term" contracts, promising them 300K rubles a month. It's huge money, almost 10 times Russia's median monthly pay. https://t.co/S3tKrDJDvB
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