Russian President Vladimir Putin recently declared a "partial mobilisation", hoping to add 300,000 more soldiers to the war in Ukraine. Russia's opposition (such as Nemtsov and Navalny) have long argued that Putin's government are corrupt and out of touch with the lives of most Russians. Given that conscription has affected so many young men across Russia's history, to see whether this is a shared burden is an important political question.

It has been noted that Russia's poorest regions and ethnicities have suffered disproportionate causalities in the war. Which makes me wonder, to what extent are the Russian military represented in the Duma? By politicians or their family? In other countries aristocrats often serve in the military, and have done so for generations. But while Russia has oligarchs, they don't have an aristocracy comparable to say the United Kingdom or United States.

Part of what provoked this question was a video of a town hall meeting with a regional governor in March. Sergey Tsivilev (governor of Kuzbass, Siberia) was trying to calm the families of conscripts who hadn't heard anything from their sons. One irate mother asked: "where is your son, by the way?" to which he said: "my son is studying at university."

In places like the United Kingdom, the fact conscription affected young men irrespective of class in the First World War had significant social and political consequences after the war ('Homes for Heroes' etc). So it's not unreasonable to ask what's going on.

  • Dmitry Peskov will not: google.com/amp/s/meduza.io/amp/feature/2022/09/21/…
    – Stančikas
    Sep 21 at 19:45
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    An answer would not be incredibly illuminating unless we had a (numerical) point of comparison. "Politician" is also a rather broad category... from the local councilman level etc. I doubt you can find such stats computed for any war-country combo. Maybe limit the Q to national parliamentarians (Duma). I could find in a pinch something like that about US in Iraq joewilson.house.gov/media-center/articles/…
    – Fizz
    Sep 22 at 1:51
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    No fan of Russia. But this Q is entirely too specific in asking solely about Russian politicians on a subject broadly known to be an issue in many places. i.e. it seems entirely calculated to discredit. VTC. Sep 24 at 6:31
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    – JJJ
    2 days ago

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Acording to russian sorces the head of the Crimea said that his son was drafted into the army as part of a partial mobilization as can be read in this article:

Sergey Aksenov announced his son's call for partial mobilization

The son of the head of Crimea was drafted into the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation as part of a partial mobilization. This was announced by Sergey Aksenov.

"The law is the same for everyone. Today my son was drafted and has already left for the unit on the territory of the unit," TASS quotes the head of the RK.

Sergey Aksenov stressed that he is proud of his son, who believes that it is impossible to stay away from the events taking place, and he must pay his debt to the motherland, although he has already served in the army.

It is known that the politician has two children - a daughter Kristina born in 1994 and a 25-year-old son Oleg.

Also some Duma members have expressed their wil to join the Special Military Operation, as can be read in this russian article:

State Duma deputies Milonov, Sablin, Khubezov and Sokol asked to send them to the special operation zone in Ukraine

Deputies of the lower house of the Russian parliament Vitaly Milonov, Dmitry Sablin, Dmitry Khubezov and Sergey Sokol asked to be sent to the special operation zone in Ukraine. This, as RIA Novosti reports, was told by Andrey Turchak, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council.

"Turchak said that he had received statements from the first four deputies of the State Duma with a request to send them to the special operation zone. Among the applicants are Vitaly Milonov, Dmitry Sablin, Dmitry Khubezov and Sergey Sokol," the publication says, which appeared in the Telegram channel of the domestic news agency.

As it was reported earlier on Friday, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko noted that the ruling regime in Ukraine has already become terrorist in its essence.

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    "some Duma members have expressed their wil" this part doesn't seem to answer the question at all. Duma members are surely kind of top Russian politician, but the question is not about them but about their children, I think.
    – Trilarion
    Sep 23 at 17:40
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    @Trilarion At least the first part is about a son of polititian.
    – convert
    Sep 23 at 18:17
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    Why does it have to be about children? The people being mobilized now are mostly grown-ups. Framing them as "someone's children" is disingenous. Many of them have children of their own.
    – alamar
    Sep 24 at 9:00
  • @alamar because it's a question of whether or not personal connections to politicians are used to get out of service which is proclaimed to be a responsibility of every citizen. In other words, it's a question about whether there is nepotism and corruption are present in this particular aspect of public life.
    – wrod
  • Edited question given the meta discussion. 20 hours ago

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