Several draftees in Russia have died since the country started mobilizing troops, according to reports.
At least eight conscripts have died following the mobilization, including men who died at a police station and an enlistment station, independent Russian investigative outlet The Insider reported Tuesday.
One of the deceased servicemen was Dmitry V., who was found dead in a military unit in Omsk, Russia.
The cause of Dmitry’s death cannot be established until the circumstances surrounding the incident are determined, the region’s Forensic Medical Examination Bureau said.
His wife ruled out the possibility of suicide, according to a report by NGS24.
“We suspect he didn’t do it himself, because Dima had no suicidal tendencies, had never attempted to take his own life. He has two small children. When he left, he was in a cheerful state of mind, planning to return alive and well,” she was quoted as saying by the outlet.
Dmitry, a native of the Krasnoyarsk region, was threatened in the Omsk military unit amid a “conflict with other mobilized men,” an unnamed close friend who was mobilized at the same time alleged.
An investigation into Dmitry’s death is underway, and his body will be examined by experts. Their report is expected to be ready in six weeks.
In a similar story, a 46-year-old Russian draftee allegedly killed himself at a training center in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region over the weekend.
The conscript, identified as Vladimir Potanin, was found dead Saturday morning in the canteen of a tank training center that was operated by a military unit near the village of Poroshino.
He had two slashes on his neck, and a blade was also found next to his body.
Potanin, who was from Russia’s Kurgan region, died by suicide, according to preliminary reports.
He was drafted on Sept. 26, five days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced “partial mobilization” in Russia.
Human rights groups have accused Russia of sending conscripts to the front line in Ukraine without any training.
There have been reports of men who should be ineligible for the draft being summoned during the mobilization as well.
Putin acknowledged in a televised address Thursday that “mistakes” have been made with regard to the mobilization.
Around 47% of Russians aged 18 or over felt anxious and scared following the announcement, a poll released Thursday by the Levada Centre, an independent Russian research organization, found.
Another 13% felt anger, while 23% expressed pride in Russia, the results of the survey showed.
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