Russian Maxim Kochetkov was imprisoned on an island near Japan, about 10,000 km from his home. Maksim Kochetkov is one of the names of many Russian soldiers who are prisoners of war and do not want to fight with Ukraine. Maksim, 20, is condemned, like thousands of Russian soldiers, for disobeying Putin’s order to attack Ukraine. Most of them are from the periphery of Russia or poor regions. The soldiers’ plight bolsters a claim by US defense officials last week that there are signs of discipline and morale problems in the Russian military
According to DailyMail news, this was confirmed in Russian media. A report also gives figures on soldiers who refused to fight, such as Maxim, who numbered 1,793. He said several soldiers had been imprisoned by Kremlin-affiliated mercenaries in “torture chambers” and basements in Lugansk. Russian officials, who have been fighting in Ukraine for five months, are threatening troops to return to the front.
No food, no water, no electricity in the torture chamber
According to Verstka, an independent Russian newspaper, at least 234 people have been held in detention centers in the town of Bryanka, Luhansk. A man said his son was kept in the basement for two weeks with 33 other people. A woman said her son was arrested on July 12 and imprisoned underground without food, water and electricity. Similarly, another father spoke of the “torture room”.
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Commanders deny soldiers’ demands
Russian military law allows soldiers to refuse to fight. But human rights campaigners say commanders facing a shortage of military forces often deny their requests or threaten to quit. One soldier, out of a group of 200 who refused to fight, said only a few of them were able to return home. While many others were imprisoned in Brianka’s cellar or sent back to the front.