‘Explosive Cocktail’: The Russian Regions Recruiting Units for Ukraine War – The Moscow Times

If each Russian region generates a battalion of about 400 men, that could mean as many as 34,000 more fighters heading to the frontlines in Ukraine.  As with the broader Russian military drive for recruits, one of the main motivating factors for those joining regional battalions appears to be money, with soldiers being offered salaries that are many times larger than the local average. 

Those serving in the Bashkir battalions will be paid 220,000 rubles ($3,593) a month along with an active combat bonus of 8,000 rubles per day, according to a flier posted on Kamaletdinov’s page on Vkontakte. Bashkortostan officials have pledged to pay an additional sign-on bonus of 200,000 rubles and a daily top up of 2,000 rubles.

That means soldiers under Kamaletdinov would earn a total of 520,000 rubles ($8,465) for a month of fighting in Ukraine — almost 13 times the average Bashkortostan salary.   

‘Explosive Cocktail’: The Russian Regions Recruiting Units for Ukraine War – The Moscow Times