The lawyer says that, as long as mobilization has not been announced officially, all contracted soldiers who are to be sent to a combat operations abroad shall be provided with a written order allowing for a number of social guarantees which are standard for military personnel in such cases.
The Council for Human Rights filed a request about violation of servicemen’s rights to Nikolai Pankov, Deputy Defense Minister, said the council’s member Sergei Krivenko.
"The guys are sent there without any formal order, so in case of death the answer will be like ‘they weren’t there’. And if they were not there, what compensations one can talk about in case of injury or death? Moreover, if a serviceman falls prisoner, his relatives will reach a real deadlock", comments Anna Kashirtseva from the Mother’s Right Foundation.
Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian President’s envoy for Middle East and Africa, declared early in September that Russian military experts were training their Syrian counterparts how to handle and maintain Russian military hardware. Previously, Russian president Vladimir Putin refuted reports about involvement of Russian military personnel in combat operations in Syria.