Failure to Deploy

Over the years, I’ve known guys that have been deployed to combat zones up to nine times. That’s a lot of risks and a lot of time away from home, but it goes with the territory. It’s not like we had the opportunity to say no.

Fast forward to 2022, and some Russian soldiers who have already fought in Ukraine are refusing to go back, citing things like insufficient paychecks and the possibility they may be killed. These “refuseniks” are coming from many units, and most, for understandable reasons, do not want to be identified. However, Newsweek is reporting that members of the Russian Guard from Krasnodar have publically voiced their dissatisfaction and reasons for not wanting to return to the fight.

As I often say, look at a problem hard enough, and there will likely be a monetary component in there somewhere. This is true with the Russian refusal. On top of everything else, their paychecks are shrinking. One of the reasons for this is the growing exchange rate of the Russian ruble.

An anonymous source told Newsweek: