Espreso. Global

Russia engages over 1,000 teenagers in making Shahed UAVs — Center for National Resistance

17 April, 2024 Wednesday
16:35

Russia involves minors in the production of weapons. Russian teenagers, including a child from the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, will produce 10,000 Shaheds a year

client/title.list_title

This is reported by the Center for National Resistance.

Activists of the Cyber Resistance group provided the Center for National Resistance with data confirming the involvement of minors in the manufacture of weapons for the Russian Federation.

The documents include a list of adolescents enrolled in the Alabuga Polytechnic Institute, which includes children's passports and parental consent. Information confirming the localization of the production of Iranian Shahed-136 (Geranium-2) strike UAVs by Russia in the so-called Alabuga Special Economic Zone in the Republic of Tatarstan was published.

Alabuga Polytechnic is an educational cluster based on the Alabuga Special Economic Zone. Its goal is to train future employees of enterprises. 

"And given that Alabuga has become a military facility, the actual task of Polytech is to train personnel for the Russian military-industrial complex," the Center for National Resistance emphasizes.

“The document that preceded the visit of First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov (who also serves as the chairman of the government commission on the development of unmanned aerial systems) states that the planned production capacity of Geranium-2 drones is 10 thousand units for 2024. For the sake of secrecy, the production of the drones is called the Dolphin Project,” the report says.

Photo: Center for National Resistance

The documents show that 1,300 students a year can study at the Polytech - minors who are undergoing internships and studying from grades 9 to 11. Cyber Resistance activists provided the Resistance with a database of such children, which includes 1,209 names and phone numbers of students enrolled in 2023. 

"Particularly cynical is the fact that among this list of children, the Center for National Resistance recorded one child who was taken by the Russians from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. This is confirmed by the Ukrainian phone number," the statement emphasizes.

It is known that 670 teenagers are assigned to projects of the Alabuga Special Economic Zone of Industrial and Production Type JSC. They are studying and undergoing internships in various educational fields, from programming to law.

The project, called "boats," includes 539 students studying electrical installation, air navigation, industrial equipment for laboratory and chemical analysis, industrial robotics, and numerical control.

The Resistance adds that "motor boats" is a code name for the production of Russian drones.

  • On February 4, it was reported that the Russians plan to introduce a module in schools in the temporarily occupied territories to study technologies, design features, and assembly of UAVs for military purposes.
Tags:
Read also:
  • News
2024, Wednesday
29 May
10:52
Exclusive
Ukrainian troops expand bridgehead on Dnipro's eastern bank in Kherson region — journalist
10:20
Russia loses 1,300 soldiers, 37 artillery systems, and 33 armored vehicles in one day – Ukraine's General Staff
10:03
EU hopes to deliver half million artillery shells to Ukraine by end of year
09:42
Ukraine makes progress in Kharkiv sector, Russia tests Ukraine's response in Donetsk region - ISW
2024, Tuesday
28 May
21:30
Review
Victorious news of 825th day of war: 24-year-old soldier eliminates Russian APC with crew, MoD allows using 10 new robots
21:00
Updated
Ukrainian polar explorers explain why they don't buy drones using funds for Antarctic research
20:35
Ukraine signs bilateral agreement on security guarantees with Portugal
20:15
Exclusive
Defense Express explains why Ukraine has not received F-16s yet
19:50
More than 2,300 hectares of forests burn in Kharkiv region. Many unexploded Russian munitions remain there
19:25
Russia has about 500,000 troops in Ukraine and near its borders - Umerov
19:00
Exclusive
Strategic strikes on Russia's capabilities: aviation expert on destruction of missile warning stations
18:35
Exclusive
Ukraine's government cuts payments to almost all categories of IDPs
18:10
Sweden suspends plan to supply Gripen fighter jets to Ukraine
17:50
Switzerland tightens measures to expel Russian spies ahead of Peace Summit
17:28
Military expert comments on WSJ article about Russian drone plant
17:05
Russia ramps up recruitment of African mercenaries to fight in Ukraine
16:41
Heat is on in Pokrovsk direction: Ukrainian forces repel 7 attacks, 8 battles ongoing – AFU General Staff report
16:15
Exclusive
Russia is completely shifting economy to military — military expert Zgurets
15:45
Threat of ecological disaster: Reservoir in Western Ukraine losing water due to Russian shelling, river fauna at risk
15:18
OPINION
When will Russia collapse?
14:54
Updated
Belgium will supply Ukraine with 30 F-16 fighters by 2028. Ukraine can use them only on its territory
14:16
Ukraine, Belgium sign bilateral agreement on security guarantees and long-term support
13:52
Review
New page in destruction of Russian military targets: Ukrainian Armed Forces strike at Russian missile warning stations. Serhiy Zgurets’ column
12:42
Exclusive
"Attack on nuclear infrastructure": Political technologist Zahorodniy on Orsk radar attack and why Putin is bluffing
12:01
Exclusive
“Riot is brewing among civilians in Mariupol": official shares details
11:35
Russian strike on Kharkiv hypermarket: police identify killed father by child's DNA
10:50
Russia attacks Kharkiv region's Borova at night, causing fires and injuring one civilian 
10:24
In Russian-occupied Luhansk, explosions reported near military aviation school and aircraft repair plant
09:55
Iran supplies Russia with latest bombs – Bild
09:32
Russia loses 21 tanks, 48 artillery systems and over 1,400 soldiers in one day in Ukraine
2024, Monday
27 May
21:47
Exclusive
Ukraine will be able to use Western weapons against Russians on their territory
21:25
Review
Victorious news of 824th day of war: record military aid package from Spain, restrictions on Russian diplomats' movement in Poland
21:05
Russian army storms Pokrovsk direction 21 times, situation is tense - General Staff
20:44
Russian attacks in Kharkiv region: UN confirms 45 civilians killed, 189 wounded
20:23
France to send instructors to train Ukrainian military, says Syrskyi
20:02
Exclusive
Russia will have fewer opportunities to strike at Ukraine after defeat of 'Crimean Triangle'
19:41
Russia attacks Ukraine with over 3,000 guided bombs in month - Zelenskyy
19:20
NATO Parliamentary Assembly calls on Allies to allow Ukraine to use Western weapons against Russia - MP Chierniev
19:00
"Ukrainians lost about 500,000 killed": foreign fakes for May 27
18:39
Exclusive
Ukraine is likely preparing to fire long-range missiles at Russian territory
More news