One of Vladimir Putin’s military enlistment chiefs has been found dead under ‘suspicious circumstances.’
A murder investigation has been launched by Russian authorities after the body of Lt-Col Roman Malyk, 49, was discovered, although the possibility that he took his own life has not been ruled out.
Some reports claim he was found hanged. His body was discovered at his home in a village in the Primorsky region on the country’s eastern coast.
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Friends and family of Malyk have claimed he didn’t kill himself.
The Chechnya veteran had been in charge of enlistment across the areas surrounding Primorksy and the Partizan region.
He has been described as a “strong and courageous man” who was “not broken under the weight of harsh military events and great losses”.
The friend added: “He was a man of his word and deed, known and respected in the city for his honesty and integrity”.
A number of attacks have been carried out on mobilisation offices in recent weeks, with parts of the population understood to be frustrated by the country’s new partial conscription policies.
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The move comes as Russia has tried to get 300,000 extra men to fight in the disastrous war in Ukraine.
Reports claim some 70 officers have been hit with Molotov cocktails amid the growing resentment.
Part of the anger is that some of the men being conscripted are untrained, despite Putin saying that only people with prior or relevant experience would be sent to the front.
Reports have even come in of men being snatched by conscripting officers on the subway trains and streets.
It has been claimed that Putin is still searching for an extra 80,000 men to get his 300,000.
But for all the claims of success and terrifying numbers being mobilised, hundreds of thousands of men are understood to have fled the country however they can to escape the draft.
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