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MOSCOW, Oct 21 (Reuters) – A Russian employee of Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) (RBIV.VI) was killed after being mobilized to fight against Ukraine, despite his bank writing to the draft office seeking an exemption, his lawyer told Reuters on Friday.
Timur Izmailov, 33, an IT specialist at Raiffeisen’s Russian operations in Moscow, was conscripted on Sept. 23, two days after President Vladimir Putin’s partial mobilization order, and died on Oct. 13 after being hit by mortar fire, his lawyer Konstantin Yerokhin said.
Mobilization has created an additional headache for foreign companies in Russia, caught between complying with Russian law on the one hand and seeking to protect their staff on the other.
Certain workers are exempt from the draft, including commercial bank employees ensuring the stability of the banking system, but the chaotic nature of the mobilization order has left even government ministries and state companies scrambling to help key workers avoid being called up to fight.
Izmailov had gone to his recruitment office on Sept. 23 intending to explain that he was entitled to deferment.
“The military commissar told him he was not on the deferment list, so he had to be mobilized,” Yerokhin said.
The Russian central bank asked commercial banks to provide lists of employees needing deferment, and Yerokhin said these lists, including one from Raiffeisen naming Izmailov, had been delivered to the Russian military leadership, the General Staff, by Sept. 28.
When Izmailov was not released, Raiffeisen wrote direct to the military commissar’s office to say that he should be exempted, according to an undated letter seen by Reuters. Izmailov was sent to the front on Oct. 7.
Raiffeisen in Russia declined to comment and its head office