Some men volunteer to fight in Ukraine to avoid wives – Russian mayor


About 10% of volunteers were pushed into the military by constant « harassment » from their spouses, the official said.

A tenth of men in Russia who volunteer for the conflict with Ukraine do so to escape their wives, said the mayor of the mining town of Vorkuta, Yaroslav Shaposhnikov.

« About 10% of volunteers who go to the front line go there because their wives have probably gotten used to a decent life…and harass, harass and harass, » Shaposhnikov said during an online roundtable – « Open Vorkuta ».

The official urged Russian women to provide a strong « back » for their husbands and support them instead. Shaposhnikov, however, did not specify what his 10% estimate was based on.

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The video of the meeting was posted on social media by the mayor, which went viral and received widespread media coverage. Amid waves of mockery, Shaposhnikov defended his remarks, saying his remarks were taken out of context by the media.

“I am a patriot of my homeland. I can’t say objectively how [the remark] look from the outside. The words were taken out of context, and some even gave their own interpretation. You have to watch the full video, but in general, I hold my own: a woman is the back and support of a man, whom she must support in any situation”, he told Podyem media.

Russia declared a partial mobilization earlier this month to bolster its military in the conflict with Ukraine, which erupted in late February. Currently, Moscow is seeking to mobilize 300,000 troops, focusing on those who have served in the military and have previous combat experience.


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