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A drunken Russian soldier beat the commander to death on the train

A drunken Russian soldier beat the commander to death on the train

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A Russian soldier drafted as part of the President Vladimir Putin’s unpopular mobilization effort got drunk and beat his commanding officer to death aboard a military train, according to court officials.

The deadly attack took place last Friday in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region.

According to investigators, the unnamed staff sergeant was sitting in a carriage reserved for members of the military when he assaulted a captain who was also summoned under the draft order.

The policeman was pronounced dead from his wounds at Misyash railway station. He has not been identified.

The military court in Magnitogorsk ruled that the sergeant will remain in custody for two months on charges of violence against a commander during mobilization, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. according to court officials.

In September, Putin ordered the mobilization of 300,000 reservists to bolster Russian forces fighting in Ukraine.

Since then, there have been widespread reports of disgruntled conscripts getting drunk and fighting with fellow soldiers and officers.

About 300,000 Russian men have been mobilized since September to fight in Ukraine.
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Hundreds of thousands of Russian men of military age have fled the country to avoid being sent to the front lines, with some of the fugitives ending up in the US.

Figures from US Customs and Border Protection show that agents have encountered more than 31,600 Russians crossing the southern border to seek asylum since the war broke out in February.

Vladimir Putin's draft decree proved unpopular and prompted hundreds of thousands of men to flee the country to Europe and the United States.
Vladimir Putin’s draft decree proved unpopular and prompted hundreds of thousands of men to flee the country to Europe and the United States.
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In November alone, customs officials encountered more than 5,500 Russian migrants.

By comparison, for the entire fiscal year 2021, customs recorded only about 4,100 encounters with Russian asylum seekers.


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