Russia's recruitment rise: Concert hall attack spurs military enlistment surge

Russia has experienced a significant increase in military enlistments following last month's deadly attack on a concert hall near Moscow, according to the defense ministry on Wednesday. The ministry announced that over 100,000 individuals have signed up with the military since the beginning of the year, with approximately 16,000 joining in the last 10 days alone.

Publication: 03.04.2024 - 12:55
Russia's recruitment rise: Concert hall attack spurs military enlistment surge
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"Most candidates, during the last week's interviews at Russian cities' selection centers, cited the desire to avenge the March 22, 2024, tragedy's victims in the Moscow region as their primary motive for enlisting," the ministry stated.

The attack on the Crocus City Hall concert venue, which claimed the lives of at least 144 people, was attributed to the Islamic State militant group. However, Russia has accused Ukraine of being behind the attack, a claim that Kyiv and the United States have categorically denied.

Amid its ongoing conflict with Ukraine, now in its third year, Russia depends on a continuous influx of recruits. Despite the controversy surrounding President Vladimir Putin's decision to draft 300,000 men in September 2022, he has indicated that another compulsory mobilization is unnecessary due to the robust number of volunteers.

Recruitment efforts, including posters throughout Russian cities, praise the soldiers fighting in Ukraine as patriots and heroes, offering salaries much higher than civilian jobs to attract enlistees.

Since invading Ukraine in February 2022, Russia has seen slow progress on the battlefield, especially after a Ukrainian counteroffensive last year failed to achieve significant advances. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced plans last month to strengthen Russia's military capabilities by adding two new armies and 30 new formations by the end of this year.

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