Russian conscript, 25, jumps 100ft to his death in front of his mother after being ordered back to war zone – as Moscow ‘covers up’ string of suicides
- Mikhail Lyubimov’s mother saw him jump out of a window in their tenth-floor apartment
- His death comes amid a surge in suicides that Moscow is accused of ‘covering up’
A Russian soldier in Putin’s War ‘committed suicide’ by falling 100 feet from a tower after being ordered back to the combat zone the next day.
Mikhail Lyubimov, 25, was seen by his mother – a cleaner at the Russian Foreign Ministry – jump from a window of their tenth-floor apartment, according to reports.
His death comes amid a rise in war-related suicides in Ukraine, which Russian authorities are seen as “covering up”.
The drafted man had suffered “panic attacks” and started drinking because of his dreaded return to fighting, said his mother Natalia, 43, who works in the department of Putin’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov.
Russian fighter Mikhail Lyubimov, 25, jumped out of his tenth-story window rather than return to fight Putin’s war in Ukraine
Mikhail Lyubimov’s death comes amid spike in war-related suicides that Russian authorities are ‘hiding’
Thousands of Russian soldiers called the Ukrainian hotline “I want to live”
Some 6,500 Russian servicemen surrendered to the Ukrainian government on a cellphone number dubbed the “I want to live” hotline.
The Ukrainian government said 6,543 Russian servicemen, many of them on the front line, called the hotline between September and January.
The hotline was set up after 300,000 Russian civilians were mobilized in September last year.
The call center is located in a secret location and Russian military personnel are screened using personal data and their service number, the Guardian reported.
Lyubimov had served as a conscript in the navy, but was drafted as a soldier in the war in Ukraine.
He died in Moscow’s southern district, Tsaritsyno, during his first break from action, a day before he was due to report for another stint on the front line.
“Natalia said she saw her son jump out of their tenth-floor apartment window,” a report said.
“The woman called the police and the ambulance, but the man could not be saved.”
When he was sent to war in October, his longtime girlfriend Ksenia posted: “You will come back”.
Some details have emerged of other men who took their lives rather than fight in Putin’s war, but there are allegations that many more such cases have not been publicly disclosed.
Vladimir Potanin, 46, from Kurgan, “killed himself with a razor blade” in a training center in the Sverdlovsk region less than a week after his mobilization.
A 28-year-old man, mobilized from Shushary, in the Leningrad region, committed suicide in a training center in Vyborg on 2 October.
Alexander Ivanov, 57, a mobilized lieutenant from St. Petersburg, was found dead in the village of Krupets, in the Kursk region, before being sent to the front.
Denis R., 33, a mobilized man from Revda, Sverdlovsk region, committed suicide in the Belgorod region shortly before he was sent to Ukraine.
Reports also indicate that refusenik recruits are often held in makeshift prisons near war zones, as commanders seek to intimidate them into joining the war.
Mikhail Lyubimov died in Moscow’s Tsaritsyno district during his first break from action, a day before he was due to report for another frontline stint