Soldier of Ukraine's 5th Regiment of Assault Infantry react after firing a US-made MK-19 automatic grenade launcher towards Russian positions in less than 800 metres away at a front line near Toretsk in the Donetsk region


  • A Russian deputy said the State Duma took off a bill on compensations for the mobilized after one hearing
  • OMON riot police and the Russian National Guard arrived to quell the protest
  • Telegram channel Angry Chuvashia said the military police have detained several people

Over 100 Russian conscripts have gathered in Chuvashia, Russia to stage a "mass protest" against the Russian army's failure to give their payments for enlisting in the military, according to a released video.

One of the soldiers involved in the protest said they were promised a payment of 300,000 rubles ($4,800) to be given two to three days after enlisting in the Russian military.

"I came to the enlistment office and the military commissioner explained to me that as soon as we get there, within two to three days, we'll get a one-off payment of 300,000!" the soldier said, per a video of the incident shared on Twitter.

In response, a Russian army deputy said a bill to that effect had been considered and submitted by the Communist party to the State Duma. However, the bill was later taken off the agenda.

"Regarding the 300,00 the deputies of the Communist party submitted a bill to the State Duma," the deputy said. "It only passed on reading and was taken off the agenda, the 300,000!"

The protesters told deputies that they should go to the war in Ukraine instead, adding that Russian authorities have "f**ked them over."

The protest appeared to have extended into the night, with mobilized soldiers shouting "one for all, and all for one," according to a video posted by independent news agency The Insider.

It is unclear if the soldiers were given their compensation following the protest. However, according to the Telegram channel Angry Chuvashia, the OMON riot police and Russian National Guard arrived to quell what it described as a "mass protest." The channel also noted that the military police have detained several people.

Since the war began in February, multiple reports emerged about volunteer fighters being promised significantly higher than average wages for joining the Russian army.

In July, CNN reported that Russia was offering a monthly salary of 300,000 rubles to volunteer battalions from Perm and Kirov. Volunteers from Bashkortostan were also offered a minimum of 280,000 rubles ($4,500) and an additional 8,000 rubles ($131) per day for combat operations.

In an April International Business Times report, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov also allegedly promised volunteers a one-time payment of 300,000 rubles for joining the war in Ukraine.

Russia's growing losses in Ukraine have led usually quiet public figures to attack the military hierarchy