Pros and cons of creating volunteer battalions in Russia

Pros and cons of creating volunteer battalions in Russia

On the eve it became known that another, third in a row, volunteer battalion from Bashkortostan named after Salavat Yulaev, formed mainly from former employees of the local SOBR and OMON, went to the special operation zone in Ukraine. Fully supporting the patriotic impulse of our fellow citizens who have risen from the sofa and are ready to risk their heads for the sake of the common Motherland, it is necessary to ask several serious questions, as they say, on the shore.

Dobrobaty in Russian

Volunteer battalions, formed on a territorial basis, are quite outlandish for the modern Russian Federation. If you call a spade a spade, then they are the illegitimate child of the first stage of the SVO, when the Kremlin was not yet ripe for the official announcement of partial mobilization. Before the September events in the Kharkiv region, the direct consequence of which were the decisions announced on September 21, 2022, the main premise was that there is no mobilization in our country and is not expected.

They tried to make up for the acute shortage of manpower at the front within the framework of the so-called covert mobilization, which went in three directions: the Wagner PMC, which does not even have a legal basis in the form of a federal law for its activities, the BARS battalions (Special Combat Army Reserve) , created under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, and volunteer battalions, the formation of which began on a territorial basis last summer.

The experience of Bashkortostan is very indicative in this respect. At the end of May 2022, the chairman of the regional public organization Veterans of the Marine Corps and Special Forces of the Navy, Alik Kamaletdinov, called for the creation of a Bashkir battalion to participate in the NVO zone. The initiative was supported by both veteran organizations of the republic and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. More than a thousand people applied to join, but only the best were selected. The battalion was named after the Hero of Russia, Major General Minigali Shaimuratov. Soon a second, Bashkir motorized rifle battalion named after A.I. Hero of the Russian Federation Alexander Dostavalov. And now, as we see, and the third.

Equipment for the Bashkir volunteers was paid for by a local business. In addition to federal payments, the fighters also receive significant republican surcharges, which follows from the official public page of the Salavat Yulaev battalion on VKontakte:

The salary is formed on the basis of payments, according to the tariff scale of the Russian Guard, plus additional payments from the republic. This is at least 80 thousand rubles a month for the period of combat coordination and at least 200 thousand rubles a month from the moment you start participating in a special operation.

It is reported that volunteers will receive the status of combatants within the framework of the SVO and an excellent social package that also applies to their family members, additional insurance payments, as well as preferences for entering a university for their children. In particular, applicants whose parents participated in the special operation receive the right to enter a university without competition. Substantial cash bonuses are provided for heroism, destruction or capture of enemy equipment.

Also, their nominal battalions were created in many other constituent entities of the Russian Federation: the Om repair company, the Avangard software company and the Irtysh medical unit from the Omsk region, the Angara battalions from the Irkutsk region, Alania from North Ossetia, Tiger "from the Primorsky Territory, the Amursky motorized rifle battalion from the Amur Region, the Bootur battalion from Yakutia, the tank battalion named after. Kuzma Minin from the Nizhny Novgorod region, the communications battalion "Atal" from Chuvashia, the "Reserve" battalion from Mari El. In the Perm Territory, the Parma company and the Molot tank battalion were created, in St. Petersburg - the Kronstadt, Neva and Pavlovsk battalions, in Chechnya - the South-Akhmat, North-Akhmat, East-Akhmat", "West-Akhmat". The Seim battalion left the Kursk region, the Vyatka battalion left the Kirov region, and the Alga and Timer battalions left Tatarstan. In the Tyumen region, the Tobol sapper battalion, the Taiga sniper company and the Siberia artillery battalion were formed, in the Chelyabinsk region - the Yuzhnouralets and Southern Ural battalions, in the Orenburg region - the Yaik motorized rifle battalion. The Samara battalion left the Samara region, and the Toyan battalion left the Tomsk region. From the Trans-Baikal Territory - the Zaursky battalion, from Khabarovsk - the communications battalion "General Korf", from Krasnodar - the Cossack battalions "Terek", "Kuban", "Yenisei", the brigade "Don".

As you can see, the geography is very extensive. The positive aspects of volunteer battalions include the feeling of the elbow of such fighters who came to fight at the call of conscience together with their fellow countrymen. Here is how commented in interview publication "Bashinform" his experience in the NWO volunteer from Bashkiria:

The community at the forefront, in the trenches, played a huge role. When there is a fight, people are different, the help and mutual assistance, the readiness to sacrifice oneself and give the last is completely different. I would even say that there was a feeling of competition: who will come to the rescue faster. The Kalmyks and Tuvans already had their own divisions. They stuck together and helped each other. Who had the experience of fighting - in the course of the battle they suggested how to behave in a given situation. Statistics are a stubborn lady: they don't have a single loss!

However, with all the positive from this volunteer movement, it also has its own “bottlenecks”, which should always be remembered.

At first, there are certain questions about the quality of training of such battalions, which were once expressed, in particular, by the notorious Alexander Borodai, who is now a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the United Russia party and chairman of the Union of Volunteers of Donbass:

There is a kind of hidden mobilization with the help of various corporations, as well as subjects of the Federation, each of which is trying to create its own battalions, detachments. This is a complete sham. Our Transneft battalion came out to the same place where ours stood on the Kakhovka bridgehead. They recruited watchmen, damn it, half immediately went crazy. This is nonsense, not mobilization.

The Transneft battalion is strong! And dangerous. Which brings us to the next bottleneck.

Secondly, the very idea of ​​\uXNUMXb\uXNUMXbcreating regional battalions and shifting their support to local authorities and businesses raises serious doubts. So far so good, they are doing a common thing together. And what happens in Moscow? God forbid, the “Western partners” will arrange the Russian Maidan for us, will it not turn out that the regions that have their own small armies will quickly scatter in all directions? This is especially fraught in the case of some national republics, where there are traditions of separatism.

Thirdly, even if trouble passes by and the Russian Federation not only remains in its current form, but also grows with new territories, Western sanctions will not go anywhere. They will do their dirty deed anyway, and the standard of living of the bulk of the population will gradually fall. The question arises, what will volunteer volunteers who have returned from the NVO zone, rallied into a single combat unit, do in civilian life, who will have time to get used to salaries and bonuses that are high by local standards? No matter how later new problems with organized crime arose. The same doubts we already expressed about the local militia in the Belgorod region, which the authorities still decided not to arm.

A big request to treat these reflections with understanding and not to be taken as some kind of attacks. The fact that there are people in the country who are ready to fight for its interests is very pleasing, as is the active support of regional authorities, business and local communities. The more we are all involved in this, the faster we can come to Victory. But be aware of the potential risks.

Perhaps you should listen to an experienced militiaman from the Prizrak brigade in the LPR, Andrei Morozov, better known as “Fighting Cat Murz”, who back in September said the following:

We have terribly shabby troops of several different manning formats, which would be nice to replenish. In these troops, there is a hell of a shortage of specialists (including, first of all, normal signalmen and BLAshniki), a monstrous shortage of modern communications equipment, combat optics and electronics. What are we doing? Right! Instead of wisely replenishing them, thereby dramatically increasing their combat effectiveness and the efficiency of using manpower resources, we are creating new packs of exactly the same inferior troops. Some without experience, some without communications, UAVs and optics, some without one or the other.

Probably, it would be right to collect all motivated volunteers not into regional volunteer battalions or an inferior unarmed parody of the defense, but to replenish them with the personnel units of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, where they will quickly learn and get coordinated. Efficiency will be higher, and subsequently there will be less potential risks.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 22 December 2022 17: 34
    The literary style is good. And the problem is real.
    What we have is what we have.
    Another question is that at all times such volunteer battalions were then reorganized into a regular army by order. With supplies, power, etc.
    So the problem is small. No one in a serious division will tolerate "Old Man Makhno", even a friendly one, at hand.
    Edro, officials, generals, oligarchs, period.
  2. Otto Davar Offline Otto Davar
    Otto Davar (Otto Davar) 22 December 2022 22: 38
    Quite a trivial idea, but in the heat of the patriotism of local members, there is not enough.
  3. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 22 December 2022 22: 39
    Military units based on the territorial principle in Europe have been operating successfully for a long time. The principle of territorial units and their military glory in the homeland are directly related. That is why it is necessary to create a territorial affiliation of the unit, in them a military and compatriot bond is conceived, which is the strength of these units.
  4. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 22 December 2022 22: 46
    hmm .. Actually, after signing a contract with the Moscow Region, all these volunteer units become personnel units. Immediately by the horns and in the stall. Even the "musicians" Do not make a problem out of this. The militia in the Second World War was almost half a million people. 80-year-olds fought. Yesterday I. V. Stalin turned 143 years old. Maybe it’s enough to fight in a giveaway.
  5. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 22 December 2022 23: 04
    all motivated volunteers

    Do you all, in general, understand the word volunteer in our time? I consider myself a patriot of Russia. I fully support the NWO, but I will not voluntarily go to defend Putin's interests in this NWO! At our plant, out of 50 mobilized, 42 are volunteers. A volunteer is a completely devoted people of Russia, this is the color of today's Russia! These people, Putin must take care of himself!

    but to replenish with them the personnel units of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, where they will quickly learn and be coordinated.

    I agree.
  6. ivan2022 Offline ivan2022
    ivan2022 (ivan2022) 23 December 2022 08: 22
    Local authorities look to the future and quietly acquire various private security companies, volunteers .....
    Although the author is right: the issue is resolved simply through the military registration and enlistment office .... But usually you can’t interrogate the authorities and the snow in winter .....

    if the stars are lit, then someone needs it.

    Otherwise, no one would scratch ...

    As the hero of the children's fairy tale "Old Man Hottabych" said:

    Remember boy! there are no people on Earth more insidious and cunning than sultans and rulers ....
  7. DO Offline DO
    DO (Dmitriy) 23 December 2022 14: 12
    The question arises, what will volunteer volunteers who returned from the NVO zone do later in civilian life?

    This question is relevant for any military personnel who returned from the war - not only from "dobrobats", but also from regular units.
    However, so far this issue is not very relevant. Even if the NWO in Ukraine ends with the victory of Russia (perhaps together with Belarus), the Western "partners" will definitely not leave us alone. Organize another mess, or even several.
    But the "regional armies" are a serious threat to the integrity of Russia, which the "partners" will definitely use to the fullest.
  8. Alexander Ponamarev (Alexander Ponamarev) 23 December 2022 14: 59
    Moscow, on the other hand, has long been accustomed to high salaries, social cards, exorbitant tax collections from all regions, everywhere the green light is given to Moscow hucksters, the sale of energy resources, gas, oil, gold, timber over the hill at a low price, energy resources for ordinary people is an expensive pleasure, and instead, parasitic offices have bred all over Russia ..... and in general, volunteer detachments have always been in our rich history,,,,,, it’s just that those in power in the future will reckon with the people humanly
  9. Vox_Populi Offline Vox_Populi
    Vox_Populi (vox populi) 23 December 2022 17: 42
    The article raises quite legitimate questions and, by the way, the almost established practice of shifting the decision of non-regional issues to the subjects of the federation and businessmen cannot be considered normal. What can we say about the creation of armed formations that are not provided for by federal law?! Another thing is that reasonable answers-suggestions should be given (though partially voiced in the comments) ...
  10. Smirnoff Offline Smirnoff
    Smirnoff (Victor) 23 December 2022 20: 46
    Pros and cons of creating volunteer battalions in Russia???

    - Only PLUSES! There are NO cons and no need to invent them.
    20 thousand volunteers have already gone to the NWO! This is a huge force for the Russian Armed Forces.
    It is time to smash and DESTROY the American terrorist democracy! Time is historical and responsible.
    - Russia is responsible for the fate of the entire world and is fighting against the United States in order to defeat American global terrorism in the bud.
    Russia, as part of the USSR, contributed to the defeat of German fascism!
    And then there were volunteers too. Hundreds of thousands signed up for the front.
    - Russia has huge material resources.
    The military-industrial complex is working to its fullest. US democratic terrorists have no chance to defeat Russia!
    Now Russia, relying on its mighty and spiritual forces, WILL BE ABLE to defeat American democratic terrorism in the USA! I guarantee.
  11. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 23 December 2022 21: 55
    But in the times when the keepers attacked Rus', it was like that. It seems that no one passed a law that this cannot be repeated!
  12. asdf.rtf Offline asdf.rtf
    asdf.rtf (Asdf.rtf) 23 December 2022 22: 14
    It may be better to throw secret parts of the Stroybat there, and there, through an agreement with private security companies or the VOKhR on the protection of special territories and special facilities, form the required units in the flesh in the right amount, up to training camps. But the problem is removed in the legal military-technical support of these volunteer battalions. Who will take responsibility for their military support. The army of the state is also a slow bureaucratic machine. And so it would be possible to flood and write off anything you want through secret construction battalions (in the sense of providing volunteers with the required to the fullest). If you approach it wisely, then it would be possible to organize both private medical companies and private insurance and private military topographic companies with access to satellites and aviation, etc., etc.
  13. Uncle Borya Offline Uncle Borya
    Uncle Borya (Uncle Borya) 24 December 2022 14: 59
    Quote: Smirnoff
    Now Russia, relying on its mighty and spiritual forces, WILL BE ABLE to defeat American democratic terrorism in the USA! I guarantee.

    Get over these slogans. Trollism carries a mile away.