At least three mobilized soldiers have died at conscription points in Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on Oct. 3.
Investigators are establishing the causes of death, it said.
Tatyana Merzlyakova, the Russian commissioner for human rights in Sverdlovsk Oblast, has confirmed that two people died in the village of Yelan, adding that both were natives of Kurgan Oblast.
According to the ombudswoman, one of them may have perished due to epilepsy as a result of alcohol poisoning. Military investigators are currently establishing the cause of death of the second conscript, though preliminary reports indicate that he suffered a heart attack. No reports were available on the third at publication.
Previously, the Yelan training center had been reported to be facing a lack of funds for the accommodation of reservists, due to high mobilization rates. Those mobilized from the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and the Perm Krai have complained about their accommodation conditions, noting a lack of sleeping places and a lack of preparations at the barracks.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin early on Sept. 21 declared a partial mobilization in Russia and his readiness to use nuclear weapons in the event of a “threat to the territorial integrity” of Russia.
Later Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists would be called up during the partial mobilization.
After the announcement, Russians began to buy tickets abroad en masse to avoid participation in their country’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Sept. 29 that Russia had already called 100,000 people for the war against Ukraine since the announcement of mobilization.