Russian Volunteer Units and Battalions

AFGHANISTAN, July 16 –  

Kateryna Stepanenko with George Barros and Frederick W. Kagan

The Russian Federation has launched a large-scale drive to type volunteer battalions within the 85 “federal topics” (or areas) that comprise the federation. Recruiting for some volunteer battalions started in June however has intensified in July, with new volunteer models being reported each day. The battalions apparently will include roughly 400 males every aged between 18 and 60. They’ll belong to varied branches of service together with motorized rifle, tank, and naval infantry, but in addition indicators and logistics. Recruits aren’t required to have prior navy service and can endure solely 30 days of coaching earlier than deployment to Ukraine. 

This recruitment effort will doubtless be costly if it comes near assembly its targets. It seems that the Russian Ministry of Protection pays the volunteers’ salaries whereas the “federal topics” pays their enlistment bonuses. Salaries usually begin at roughly $3,000 monthly per soldier or about $1.2 million monthly per 400-man unit. Enlistment bonuses supplied by a minimum of some models look like roughly a month’s wage. If the hassle generates 85 battalions every of 400 males it could deliver an extra 34,000 volunteers into the struggle at the price of about $102 million monthly in wage alone. Contemplating that the 30 days of coaching the volunteers will obtain earlier than getting into fight won’t produce combat-ready troopers, that value may be very excessive. The volunteers will obtain veteran standing and advantages in the event that they serve in Ukraine, furthermore, along with their salaries and bonuses, a dedication that can add to the Russian Federation funds for many years.

This drive will doubtless produce “troopers” of decrease high quality than the conventional conscripts within the Russian military at near professional-soldier costs.  It’s a exceptional expedient that means that Russian President Vladimir Putin stays unwilling to compel his individuals to struggle and unable to draw them to struggle voluntarily with out appreciable incentives.

This report will probably be expanded and up to date as new knowledge turns into out there.

Primorsky Krai

“Tigr” Battalion (Naval Infantry, a part of 155th Separate Naval Infantry Brigade): Russian retailers reported that “Tigr” is recruiting volunteers with or with out navy expertise ages 18 to 60, on July 9, however it’s unclear when the recruitment drive begun in Primorsky Krai.[1] The governor of Primorsky Krai reported that the battalion is enrolling solely residents of the krai and has the best variety of registered volunteers of any federal topic in Russia.[2] “Tigr“ will endure a 30-day, two-stage coaching interval with officers of the 155th Separate Naval Infantry Brigade on the Bamburovo and Gornostay Coaching Grounds and can replenish the naval infantry brigade.[3] Social media movies present that some servicemen are already exercising at an unspecified coaching floor, however it’s unclear if ”Tigr” has formally deployed for its 30-day coaching interval.[4] Distinguished servicemen within the unit will obtain a 50,000-ruble bonus ($860) after two weeks of coaching, and all servicemen will obtain a 150,000-ruble fee ($2,575) after finishing the coaching. Funds will probably be drawn from the Primorsky Krai funds.[5] “Tigr” servicemen will obtain a month-to-month wage of 200,000 rubles ($3,430) and veteran standing. Social media customers famous that footage of the “Tigr” battalion reveals that the recruits are older than conventional navy age and are doubtless of their 50s to 60s.[6]

Kursk Oblast

“Seym” Battalion (logistics): The “Seym” Battalion is a volunteer logistical assist battalion that started recruiting volunteers on July 11.[7] The Kursk Oblast Administration introduced that the battalion will deal with transporting gasoline, meals, ammunition, with servicemen as much as 60 years of age receiving month-to-month salaries of 200,000 to 500,000 rubles ($3,430 to $8,580) relying on the time spent on the frontlines.[8]

Moscow Metropolis

“Sobyanskiy Polk” Regiment: Moscow officers started recruitment for the newly-established “Sobyanskiy Polk” regiment on July 1 and are providing over 200,000 rubles monthly (roughly $3,400) to volunteers drawn from the Moscow Metropolis funds.[9] Russian opposition outlet Meduza famous that many of the volunteers got here from areas apart from Moscow Metropolis as of July 13. Meduza said that former commander of the Donetsk Individuals’s Republic (DNR) Militia Roman Vysotsky is likely one of the recruiters for “Sobyanskiy Polk,” however it’s unclear if the regiment will merge with DNR forces. The “Sobyanskiy Polk” volunteers (as much as 60 years of age) will endure coaching on the Mulino Coaching Floor in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast earlier than deploying to Ukraine.

Republic of Tatarstan

“Alga” Battalion: The Republic of Tatarstan created a joint Telegram channel to recruit for the “Alga” and “Timer” Battalions on June 23, however had doubtless already begun the recruitment drive because the unit reportedly had 300 registered volunteers on June 24.[10] The official recruitment channel claimed that the republic had recruited over 500 volunteers for the “Alga” Battalion on July 1even although the unique recruitment goal had been 400.[11] The Republic of Tatarstan dispatched the “Alga” volunteer battalion for a month-long coaching program in Orenburg Oblast on July 8.[12] The battalion will then deploy to Nizhny Novgorod Oblast the place they may obtain their fight assignments earlier than getting into Ukraine.[13] The Republic of Tatarstan pays servicemen 3,000 rubles (roughly $53) per day along with a one-time 260,000 ruble fee (roughly $4,450) for enlisting drawn from the republic’s funds.[14] Republic of Tatarstan additionally supplied an extra 8,000 rubles (roughly $140) per day spent in fight, however it’s unclear if the Republic or Russian Protection Ministry will sponsor the fee. The Russian Protection Ministry will reportedly pay servicemen a beginning month-to-month wage of 150,000 rubles (roughly $2,600).[15]

“Timer” Battalion: The Republic of Tatarstan is forming the “Timer” Battalion as of July 1, and 300 to 350 males had already handed the choice course of by that date.[16] The battalion will reportedly have over 400 volunteers.


“Yaik” Battalion (motorized rifle battalion): Orenburg Metropolis officers introduced the institution of the “Yaik” volunteer motorized rifle battalion on July 8.[17] Any Orenburg Oblast males ages 18 to 50 can enlist, and a navy fee will certify the well being and clear prison report of volunteers. Servicemen will obtain a wage of 200,000 rubles ($3,430) for serving in Donbas.[18]

Nizhny Novgorod Oblast

“Kuzma Minin” Tank Battalion: Nizhny Novgorod Oblast introduced the formation of the “Kuzma Minin” Tank Battalion on July 1 through the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Russian Union of Afghan Veterans.[19] The battalion is recruiting males ages 20 to 50 for a six-month contract. Nizhny Novgorod Oblast presents 200,000 ruble ($3,430) one-time fee upon signing the contract and a 220,000 to 350,000 ruble month-to-month wage ($3,775 to $6,000). Nizhny Novgorod Oblast presents volunteers veteran standing, unspecified navy coaching, and a full social package deal for the serviceman and his household.

Krasnoyarsk Krai

Unknown – Ukraine’s Battle Intelligence Crew (CIT) obtained a doc stating that Krasnoyarsk Krai allotted 120 million rubles (roughly two million {dollars}) to recruit 400 servicemen from the area.[20]

Republic of Chechnya

“Vostok Akhmat” Battalion: Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov introduced on June 29 that Chechen officers efficiently fashioned the “Vostok Akhmat” Battalion that can shortly transfer to a everlasting base.[21] Kadyrov additionally reported that the Chechen Republic is constructing new bases and navy services for servicemen.[22]

“Zapad Akhmat” Battalion: Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov introduced on June 26 that Chechen forces fashioned a West-Akhmat battalion “within the shortest doable” time and claimed that the unit would deploy to a well-equipped base in Chechnya. The unit is subordinate to the Russian Southern Army District.  Its commander is Islaim Aguev.[23]

“Yug Akhmat” Battalion: Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov introduced the formation of “Yug Akhmat” on June 26, however didn’t present any further particulars.[24]

“Sever Akhmat” Battalion: Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov introduced the formation of “Sever Akhmat” on June 26, however didn’t present any further particulars.[25]

Republic of Bashkortostan

“Shaimuratov” Battalion:  The Russian group “Veterans of the Marine Corps and Special Forces of the Navy” introduced the creation of the battalion on the finish of Might and famous that servicemen will obtain a month of coaching in Orenburg Oblast earlier than deploying to Ukraine. Some pro-Kremlin media retailers introduced the deployment of a brand new volunteer battalion from the Republic of Bashkortostan to Donbas on July 6, whereas some sources claimed that the battalion arrived in Orenburg for coaching.[26] The battalion had reportedly arrived in Alkino, Republic of Bashkortostan, on July 2.[27] The Republic of Bashkortostan recruitment Telegram channel reported that the ”Shaimuratov” Battalion had registered 250 volunteers as of June 16 and is in search of to recruit a complete of 800 volunteers break up between two battalions.[28] The Republic of Bashkortostan and the Russian Protection Ministry financially incentivized servicemen by providing 200,000 rubles ($3,430) for signing the navy contract and a pair of,000 rubles ($34) for every single day served, however it’s unclear whether or not this fee refers to service in a fight zone. Volunteers will reportedly obtain month-to-month salaries of 220,000 rubles ($3,775).[29]

“Alexander Dostavalov” Battalion: An area Ural area outlet reported that the “Alexander Dostavalov” Battalion is deploying to a spot of unit coordination in Ilishevsky District, Republic of Bashkortostan, on July 14.[30] The battalion started recruitment previous to June 25.[31]

Perm Oblast

“Parma” Battalion: Perm Oblast officers introduced a recruitment marketing campaign for the “Parma” battalion on Might 25.[32] The recruitment marketing campaign supplied volunteers a 300,000-ruble month-to-month wage ($5,150), federal housing, larger training grants, and social advantages.

“Molot” Battalion: Perm Oblast officers said that they’re persevering with recruitment for the “Molot” Battalion as of July 7.[33]

Chelyabinsk Oblast

“Uzhnouralets” Battalion: Governor of Chelyabinsk Oblast Alexei Teksler introduced on July 13 that the area has been forming two battalions as a part of the Central Army District: “Uzhnouralets” and “Uzhnyi Ural.[34] The area held a departure ceremony for 82 servicemen of the battalion that deployed to the coaching floor in Nizhny Norgorod on July 15.[35] First Deputy Regional Minister of Public Safety Vladimir Gusak stated that ”Uzhnouralets” has in complete 263 volunteers, together with the not too long ago deployed servicemen. Native information experiences stated that the youngest serviceman is 21 and the oldest 54.[36]

“Uzhnyi Ural” Battalion: First Deputy Regional Minister of Public Safety Vladimir Gusak stated that “Uzhnyi Ural” had recruited 251 volunteers as of July 15.[37]

Republic of Chuvashia

“Atal” Battalion (Alerts): Republic of Chuvashia Head Oleg Nikolaev stated that the Republic is at the moment forming the “Atal” Battalion as of July 11.[38] Nikolaev stated that volunteers will obtain a ”lump-sum money fee” of 200,000 rubles ($3,775) when enlisting into the unit.

Republic of North Ossetia–Alania

“Alania” Battalion: The Alania Battalion is the primary Russian volunteer battalion that ISW noticed working in Ukraine in 2022. Alan Valerievich Mamiev – a Russian combatant who fought within the Donetsk Individuals’s Republic’s “Vostok” Battalion in Donbas in 2014 – introduced the formation of the Alania Battalion in January 2016.[39] The fee, advantages, and deployment phrases promised to Alania Battalion fighters to struggle in Ukraine in 2022 are unclear. The Alania Battalion deployed to Ukraine doubtless round late Might or early June 2022 and took part in fight operations on the southern axis in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.[40] Head of the Republic of North Ossetia Sergei Menyailo visited the Alania Battalion and reportedly obtained a concussion close to Hulaipole.[41] A unspecified T-62 tank unit (doubtless a platoon-sized tank unit) strengthened the Alania Battalion on June 20.[42] Fight imagery from early July documented the Alania Battalion’s lack of a minimum of one of many tanks that strengthened the battalion.[43]


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[2] https://vostokmedia dot com/information/society/14-07-2022/put-silnyh-put-luchshih-primortsy-o-zemlyakah-dobrovoltsah-na-svo

[3] https://vostokmedia dot com/information/society/12-07-2022/kak-vstupit-v-dobrovolcheskiy-batalon-tigr-dlya-uchastiya-v-svo;


[5] https://vostokmedia dot com/information/society/12-07-2022/kak-vstupit-v-dobrovolcheskiy-batalon-tigr-dlya-uchastiya-v-svo



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[9] https://meduza dot io/information/2022/07/13/v-moskve-sformirovan-sobyaninskiy-polk-v-nego-nabirayut-naemnikov-dlya-voyny-v-ukraine



[12] https://prokazan dot ru/information/view/159738;;

[13] https://www dot business-gazeta dot ru/article/556433



[16] https://www dot business-gazeta dot ru/article/556433;

[17] https://yuzh-ural dot ru/obshhestvo/iz-orenburgskoj-oblasti-na-donbass-otpravitsya-dobrovolcheskij-batalon-yaik/

[18] https://ntsk dot ru/information/46105; https://vestirama dot ru/novosti/20220707-20.47.10.html

[19] https://vk dot com/wall-145724301_9079







[26] https://ufa dot;; https://ufa dot; https://ufa dot;


[28]; https://www dot proural.information/society/bashkirskiy-batalon-imeni-aleksandra-dostavalova-otpravilsya-na-boevye-ucheniya/


[30] https://www dot proural dot information/society/bashkirskiy-batalon-imeni-aleksandra-dostavalova-otpravilsya-na-boevye-ucheniya/;;


[32] https://svb59 dot ru/novosti/1077-permyaki-vas-zhdjot-na-sluzhbu-batal-on-parma-za-rossiyu-za-pobedu-maksimal-nyj-repost.html

[33] https://svb59 dot ru/novosti/1138-permskij-batal-on-molot-za-pobedu-za-rossiyu.html


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[38] https://regnum dot ru/information/polit/3643993.html

[39] https://rusvesna dot su/recent_opinions/1452539613;…; https://myrotvorets dot middle/prison/mamiev-alan-valerevich/






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