Was the pro-Putin TV host mobilized into the Russian army?

Vladimir Solovyov, the host of Russian state television and a staunch supporter of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, appeared on his program to complain about being drafted into the Russian army.

Solovyov, the host of the Russian state television show Evening with Vladimir Solovyovis one of the most prominent public figures in the country and has previously called for mass mobilization in response to the failure of the Russian army in Ukraine.

More recently, amid reports of drunk, disabled, aging, or otherwise unfit men being drafted into the army, the tone of state media’s coverage of the mobilization has changed, with guests and presenters raising concerns about the process.

Russian TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov
Russian TV journalist and writer Vladimir Solovyov on May 13, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. A video from Solovyov’s program seemed to indicate that he was being drafted into the Russian military, but the translation was met with widespread skepticism.
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The claim

A clip of the host’s speech, with English translation and subtitles, was shared on Twitter by Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson with the caption, “Oh. MY. GOD. Magic” retweeted.

In the video, Solovyov says, according to the subtitles: “This man comes to my door and gives me mobilization papers.

“I tell him, ‘What’s your problem? What is your problem? Do you know who I am?

“He tells me, ‘You’re on the list. Here’s your contract.’

“How many men are called up for this draft? A million must be drafted.”

The original tweet garnered more than 20,000 interactions during the Wilson post (archived here) and other retweets garnered thousands more engagements. But was the subtitled translation correct?

The facts

There is no evidence that Vladimir Solovyov was drafted into the Russian army. The video is actually a deliberate mistranslation.

In reality, the discussion in the video focuses on the issues surrounding mobilization and is a general debate about efforts to recruit inexperienced combatants without opening a path for former recruits willing to enlist and other volunteers to join .

“Look at the conditions for those eligible for partial mobilization. Create the same conditions for the volunteers – God knows there are many more,” Solovyov tells his guests. “Give them the debt-repayment break, give them job guarantees, give them a salary at the level of professional soldiers.”

Then Margarita Simonian, head of the state broadcaster RT and guest on the show, interjects with a comment on the “millions of security officers and guards” who are deployed domestically instead of at the front: “They send seven officers to arrest some old pedophile in a godforsaken village Are you saying we don’t have enough people? [to draft in]?”

Discussion continues, with Solovyov complaining about the lack of verification of conscription, with notices being distributed to people without verification of their military service status.

“Because – and I probably shouldn’t say this – I would bring back the generals and lieutenants first?” he says before being interrupted. Then he suggests sending the recruiting officers to the front themselves.

Throughout the video, the translation continues in a similarly misleading manner, choosing individual words correctly but twisting the meaning.

As the account description – “We’re doing our part, one meme at a time” – on RealSubtitles suggests, it’s actually a parody account with satirical mistranslations turned into actual videos (which mostly target Russian state TV and officials aim).

There is no evidence or report to suggest that Solovyov, who continues to appear daily on Russian television, was conscripted into the army, although he has become increasingly critical of the procedural aspects of Russia’s “partial mobilization”.

news week asked Solovyov for comment.

The regulation



Vladimir Solovyov was not drafted into the Russian army. A video clip from his show, which claims he admitted to being drafted, has been misleadingly captioned by a satirical Twitter account.


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Rick Schindler

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