He was responsible for deciding who and in what modalities was part of the system of partial military mobilization proclaimed by Putin in mid-September to deal with the Ukrainian counter-offensive: Roman Malyk, in charge of recruitment in the south-eastern region of the Primorsky Territory (Primorsky Krai) and a close collaborator of the Russian president, was found dead hanged in the city of Partizank, whose municipal administration announced his death on the evening of October 14 on the Russian social media VKontakte. Investigations on what happened have been launched, the investigation is carried out for murder but the hypothesis is not excluded that it was a suicide.
Independent Russian media Meduza reported that the general’s body was found “near a fence” with signs that could suggest he took his own life. However, the same site claims that people in Malyk’s circle exclude it was a suicide. Friends and family describe him as “A strong and courageous man” according to friends and family, while on Telegram the municipal administration of Partizank remembers him as a respected general for his honesty. Roman Malyk’s death comes in a context that sees an ever-increasing number of attacks reported to Ukraine’s mobilization offices across Russia, as resentment increases over Putin’s mobilization. Squads of armed enlistment officers working closely with the police have forced men to join the military in many Russian cities, The Mirror reports.
Some, on the other hand, managed to escape: a group of 23 Russians arrived as far as South Korea to escape the call to arms. Earlier this month, however, a couple had taken to Alaska to avoid having to fight. According to what Putin declared in Astana two days ago, there are already 222 thousand new recruits recalled into the army, out of an expected total of 300 thousand. The mobilized people receive a first basic training lasting up to 10 days and then another one that can last up to two weeks, then they are employed according to the needs of the generals in the field.