Kremlin seeks to hire former military retirees to oversee Ukrainian land claim: journalist

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A Russian journalist has information that Moscow is actively trying to recruit people to administer the territory it has conquered Ukraine.

And it’s not just looking for someone. He is begging the military retirees to return for the post.

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“It seems they don’t have enough resources to manage those occupied territories. And that’s why they’re looking, trying to hire retirees who are 60. And they seem to have problems,” Roman Anin tells Fox News.

Anin is editor of “Important Stories” or “Stories”, part of the world of the daring and mostly exiled Russian independent media.

He claims that potential recruits are offered salaries that are double the national average, around $ 500 a month.

“Since they have problems in these territories”, says Anin, “in terms of managing people, organizing those referendums, they need people with military experience to work in what is actually civilian work.”

Police officers arrest a protester with a poster saying "I'm against the war" in Moscow, Russia, February 24, 2022, after the Russian attack on Ukraine.

Police officers arrested a protester with a poster saying “I am against war” in Moscow, Russia on February 24, 2022, after Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
(Photo AP / Dmitri Lovetsky)

“Stories” was declared an “undesirable organization” by Russian government, which means that those who collaborate with the outfit can be fined or jailed. The outlet puts a warning label on its stories warning that reposting the stories could be a criminal offense.

“Imagine a reporter coming to his audience and saying, ‘Please don’t repost us. Please don’t spread the information.’ But reading and thinking is what we have to tell our readers, “said Anin, whose team, like most other independent journalists in Russia, had to leave after the war began.

Anin already had a lawsuit pending against him for some of his investigative work. He said there are essentially three options.

“Stay in Russia and go to jail. Stay in Russia and stop working. And option three is to immigrate and continue your work,” Amin explained. “We decided that all three options are wrong. But we thought, ‘You know, we can’t shut up these days.’”

Straight-talking Russians aren’t safe at home, he says, but often they’re not welcome in other countries either.

“Having a Russian passport is a big challenge,” says Anin. “In other parts of the world, sanctions do not distinguish between journalists and propagandists.”

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We see that the police are so quick to arrest anyone who even expresses a whisper of dissent, even those who come out with a white sign or just say “Nyet”.

Anin was asked why he believes Russian President Putin he’s so paranoid.

“I think the main reason is because of Putin’s past. The secret service people – the KGB – this is their modus operandi. This is something hard-wired in their brains,” Amin said. “They don’t trust anyone. They don’t believe anyone can have their beliefs.”

Anin says Putin and the company believe that those who are not ideologically attuned to the Kremlin are controlled by the CIA or the US State Department.

“The other reason (for the paranoia) is that they are getting old,” he added. “I have been in power for more than twenty years. You are losing your sense of reality when you are constantly surrounded by an army of bodyguards and constantly live in a bunker.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, meets his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in the Moscow Kremlin on March 11.
(Mikhail Klimentyev / SPUTNIK / AFP via Getty Images)

“You know, I think this is a youth war against the Soviets,” added Anin, born in the last days of the USSR. “The average age of Ukrainian politicians is around 40. The average age of Russian politicians is 67.”

Anin does not speculate on what will happen on Monday, when Russia scores victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.It is increasingly said that Putin’s Russia has modeled its identity on this part of its past, and that more perpetuates a false narratives about the presence of the Nazis of the last days and about the genocides, all the more tarnish the glory of past heroism.

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“They never talk about the future,” says Anin of the government, “because there is nothing they can offer the Russian public or other people in the world. There is nothing behind this idea of ​​the ‘Russian world’. You know, that’s it. because they are so focused on May 9 and other symbols of the Soviet Union. “