Putin’s Allies Promote War as Russia’s Way to Prove They’re ‘Real Men’

Vitaly Milonov, a Russian politician and member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political party, touted what he said were the benefits of going to war in the Ukraine war during a recent appearance on state television.

The BBC’s Francis Scarr gives Translate Milonov comments, explaining that members of the state Duma said joining the conflict would allow potential soldiers to prove they were “real Russian men.”

“Regarding men with many children, I think this is an opportunity for men to show that they are men, not only because they can use their primary sexual characteristics, but also that they are men on a basic level, ‘ said Milonov. according to Scarr’s translation. “And today, all men have, I speak of my personal feelings, the opportunity to prove that you are a man. That you are a Russian man. Because if you are a man, if you want to aspire to be a real Russian, the president has given you this opportunity.

Milonov’s push for more Russians to enter the war in Ukraine came after Putin announced on Wednesday a partial mobilization that would call up up to 300,000 troops to fight for Russia in Ukraine. While the Russian president said the draft was necessary to protect his country’s “sovereignty, security and territorial integrity”, many Russians strongly opposed the order.

A Change.org petition entitled “No to Mobilization” had received more than 327,000 signatures as of Thursday morning, while protests broke out in Russia against the draft.

Russian MP Vitaly Milonov is seen speaking during an interview with AFP in Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 26, 2013. Milonov touted what he believed to be the benefits of going to war in the Ukraine war during a recent appearance on Russian state television. .
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Milonov was the author of the St. The controversial 2012 Petersburg law banning LGBTQ “propaganda” among minors, a law that contributed to the passing of a similar national law, reports the BBC. During his appearance on Russian state television, the lawmaker also said that if Russians joined the fighting in Ukraine as contract soldiers, they would be able to pay off their mortgages earlier “because the pay is more than worth it.”

“Everyone who will serve will know this,” he said.

But Russian soldiers already in Ukraine may have problems with their salaries. Earlier this month, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in an intelligence update that Russian troops were suffering disciplinary and morale problems amid the Ukraine war, with salary issues likely to be one of the main complaints among soldiers.

“In the Russian military, troop income consists of a modest base salary, plus a variety of complex bonuses and benefits,” the update said. “In Ukraine, there is most likely a significant problem with unpaid combat bonuses.”

“The Russian military has consistently failed to provide basic rights to troops deployed in Ukraine, including proper uniforms, weapons and rations, as well as salaries,” he added. “This almost certainly contributed to the fact that the morale of most troops remained fragile.”

news week contacted Milonov through the Russian State Duma for further comments.

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