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Gunman attacks Russian military recruiter as thousands flee mobilization

By Mary Ilyushina

26 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post reports on growing unrest in Russia over the chaotic call-up of fighting-age men, as resistance grows more widespread and many flee the country.

A young man shot and wounded the chief recruitment officer at a military enlistment station in Russia's Irkutsk region on Monday, local authorities said, as thousands of fighting-age men continued to flee the country to escape President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine.

The alleged shooter in the attack on the military commissariat in Ust-Ilimsk, a small town in Irkutsk, was apparently distraught that his close friend had been called for duty despite having no prior military service.

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