are russian military recruiters ‘targeting mosques and immigration centres’ to hit target
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed certain shocking insights on the Russian army recruitment campaign in its latest intelligence update on the war.
They said mosques and immigration centres in Russia are being targeted and Asian migrant workers being offered fast-track citizenship and big-money bonuses as part of the Russian Ministry of Defence’s attempts to fulfill the target of sending 400,000 volunteers to the Ukrainian frontlines where the casualty rate is alarmingly high.
Kremlin is almost certainly seeking to delay any new mandatory mobilisation for as long as possible to avoid provoking “domestic dissent”, according to the UK intelligence.
Immigrants agreeing to join the frontlines are being offered the chance to become Russian citizens in half a year, compared to the usual five years – in addition to receiving salaries of $4,160 per month and bonuses of up to $2,390.
Meanwhile, the MoD also said that Russia is currently experiencing its “worst labour shortage in decades” owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the brutal war in Ukraine.
Reportedly, Russia’s population has dropped by two million more people than anticipated, the MoD added, with 1.3 million fleeing the country last year alone.
They blamed mobilisation, an ageing and shrinking population, and historically high emigration for dropping labour supply, adding the conditions risk stoking inflation and bringing a drop in the potential growth of the Russian economy.