Formation of volunteer battalions in Russia and Tatarstan
The Tatarstan business resource "BUSINESS Online" has published an article by Stanislav Shemelov and Maxim Kirillov "The word" battalion "is too exaggerated here": how nominal units replace mobilization in Russia. “Timer” caught up with “Alga”, at the weekend it was already being thrown into the fields of the NVO,” which says that four months ago, the Russian regions announced the creation of personalized battalions to participate in a special military operation in Ukraine. Each of them is formed exclusively according to the territorial, compatriotic principle. At the moment, the training camp took place in about 40 republics and regions. Our sources report that Tatarstan has formed two large battalions and is already preparing them to be sent to carry out tasks.
About how the rest of the regional military enlistment offices are coping and what secret weapon of the Tuvans should be used by the fighters of "Alga" and "Timer" - in the material "BUSINESS Online".
Chechnya was one of the first in the country, even before the start of a special military operation, to form nominal military units on a compatriotic basis. The “Kadyrovtsy” (as they were nicknamed by the people) participated in the hostilities on the territory of the LDNR almost from the first days. In particular, we are talking about SOBR and OMON "Akhmat" detachments, named after the father of the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, the "South" battalion and the 141st motorized regiment named after. Akhmat-Khadji Kadyrov. In terms of media coverage, these military formations have probably become the most popular.
The main feature of the units is that at first they were formed only from the inhabitants of Chechnya. Soon this idea began to spread widely to other regions. Moreover, the initiative, as it is commonly believed, was born from below. Bashkortostan was next in the campaign - the formation of the first battalion named after the legendary military leader of the times of the Great Patriotic War Minigali Shaimuratov was announced back in May by the chairman of the republican organization "Veterans of the Marine Corps and Special Forces of the Navy" Alik Kamaletdinov, who later became Radiy Khabirov's adviser on interaction with military personnel. A little later, in June, "Veterans of the airborne troops and special forces of Bashkortostan" announced the birth of the second battalion - already the name of the paratrooper Alexander Dostavalov, a native of Ufa, who died during the second Chechen campaign.
The leadership of Bashkortostan as a whole should be given credit - Khabirov is one of the first (more precisely, one of the few) who visited the DPR in the spring, and later the LPR. He also takes an active part in the life of personalized battalions: either he personally sends Bashkir volunteers to the training ground, or he himself arrives there to ride and shoot from the BMP. In this sense, we can say that Khabirov actively adheres to the agenda of the SVO, which cannot be said, for example, about officials from other regions who try to be less visible on this topic.
Behind Bashkortostan, the Perm and Kirov authorities became the next creators of personalized battalions. They announced the recruitment of volunteers for the Parma and Vyatka detachments, respectively. Just make a reservation: "Parma" is far from being a battalion, but a motorized rifle company of about 90 people. But after it, in the Perm Territory, they began to form tankers into the Hammer battalion (about 160 people). Interestingly, in the Kama region, the names of the battalions bear the names of popular local basketball and hockey clubs.
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