Russian military chiefs send draft notice to child who died 14 years ago

Bungling Russian military chiefs have been slammed for sending a draft order to the mother of a child who died 14 years ago.

Sergei Chernoskutov was born in 2006 in Yekaterinburg, over 1000 east of Moscow, but died in 2008 from hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid in the brain.

Even still, reports in Russia state that a draft letter was dropped in the family's mailbox, as opposed to being hand delivered by an officer.

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On the pretence that he was 16-years-old and fit for military service, the letter urged the young man to go to an army registration and enlistment office in the city’s Chkalovsky District on January 26, 2023.

The boy's mother Anastasia said that her son was born prematurely and had cerebral palsy in addition to hydrocephalus.

The grieving mum said she was told by the militrary registration office that their enlistment process is based off passport records, and that she has now informed the authorities of her son's passing.

"We definitely passed data on the death of our son there. I want to make this moment public so that other women, mothers do not experience the same thing that I experienced again – and tears, and resentment, and hatred for those people who are so negligent in their work," she said.

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Anastasia told that Sergei's short life was a struggle, and that he died in her arms while she was pregnant again.

A recent Insider report found that "people with serious illnesses, those who were nearly blind, and even those who had died long ago had all received draft notices."

"Many letters indicate that people are mistakenly mobilized. Many people ask how to bring [a person] back from the front line," said Tatyana Merzlyakova, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Sverdlovsk Region, at a press conference on the matter earlier this month.


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