As Ruslan told investigators during interrogation, on March 9, his 19-year-old friend Daniil Trofimov, died in the war in Ukraine, and his cousin Vasily Gurov received a summons during the open mobilization announced in Russia on September 21. Earlier, Ruslan's mother said that her son was very worried about the summons allegedly came to his best friend. According to her, he lived with his grandmother and in the morning told her that he had gone to the military enlistment center voluntarily. After that, relatives lost contact with the guy. The fact that he was detained, they learned from the news.
On September 26, Zinin arrived at the military enlistment office of the town, around 12 noon. He went up to the fourth floor of the building to the assembly hall. There he asked the military commissar Alexander Yeliseyev about his friend died in the war, expressing a claim in connection with his death. Fired up to 6 shots from a sawn-off shotgun of a home-made smoothbore gun, and then took out a bottle with an incendiary mixture, poured it on the floor of the hall and set it on fire. However, the flame did not flare up and quickly went out.
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Some video from the scene can be watched in this post
Ruslan then ran to the first floor, where he opened a fire exit with a shot at the castle, trying to escape. But did not have time for it, and was detained. The wounded colonel was hospitalized in critical condition, soon operated on and is now in intensive care.
There was no metal detector in the military building, no one checked the documents either: showed the summons and go through. Ruslan himself did not receive a summons, he suffers from bronchial asthma, the category of his fitness for military service is "limited fit."
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The unregistered gun used by Ruslan
The governor of the Irkutsk region, Igor Kobzev, commented on the shooting:
“What happened is not in my head. I'm ashamed that this is happening at a time when, on the contrary, we should be united. We must fight not with each other, but against real threats. I really hope that the doctors will do everything possible for Alexander Vladimirovich to survive. I gave instructions to strengthen security measures. I ask everyone to remain calm. The shooter was immediately arrested. And he will definitely be punished!”
The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case about encroachment on the life of a law enforcement officer (Art. 317 of the Criminal Code of the RF) and about the illegal acquisition and storage of weapons (Art. 222 of the Criminal Code of the RF). Ruslan's mom Marina Zinina is now looking for a non-state lawyer for him.
For reasons unknown to us, the resources of the Irkutsk Anarchist Black Cross still keep silence on this incident. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this article as new information becomes available.
UPD from Saturday midday, September 30: readers of Telegram channels and human rights activists responded to Marina's request for help in finding an advocate for her son. Thanks to the efforts of the horizontal initiative Solidarity Zone, two lawyers were found at once who agreed to join the case. Part of the money for lawyers will be taken from a little more than 630,000 rubles of donations from the public to Ruslan's mother, and part - the Solidarity Zone will pay itself. The family plans to conclude contracts with lawyers over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the military commissar Yeliseyev was taken out of a coma. But his condition is still serious.
In addition, we remind you about our recent material about the increasing difficulty of avoiding mobilization into the Ukrainian army due to the tightening of control with an increase in the number of such cases.
At the same time, you are welcome to read this overview concerning mass boycott of military service by Russians and refusal of contract soldiers to fight, which eventually led to forced mobilization under the threat of the collapse on the front.