Staunton, April 10 – Men in Daghestan in order to escape poverty often pay bribes to get into the Russian army, and some are even willing to sign up as contract soldiers for longer periods if that is the only way out. But now, many of these have died in Ukraine leaving the republic deeply divided about Putin’s war there.
Officials have admitted that more than 60 Daghestanis have died, but local people say that reports of funerals suggest that the real number is already more than 100. And experts say that means Daghestan has lost more soldiers in Ukraine than any other non-Russian republic (kavkazr.com/a/desyatki-voennosluzhaschih-iz-dagestana-ubity-na-voyne-v-ukraine/31754032.html and kavkazr.com/a/novye-dannye-ob-ubityh-v-ukraine-pyatj-voennyh-iz-dagestana-i-po-odnomu-iz-osetii-i-kubani/31767286.html).
That has left Daghestani society deeply divided, Meduza commentator Vladimir Sevrinovsky says, with many viewing the dead as heroes and the cause the fought for as correct but others saying that they were foolish to join the Russian army and that the war in Ukraine is anything but justified as far as Daghestanis are concerned (meduza.io/feature/2022/04/10/vam-russkim-ne-o-chem-bespokoitsya-kavkaztsy-vse-sdelayut