Fathers 'dodging alimony payments in Russia are being sent to fight'

Fathers who fail to pay child maintenance in Russia are being sent to Ukrainian front line: Mothers, led by glamour model military pin-up, are telling enlistment officers who to go after, according to Kremlin mouthpiece

  • One city, Sochi, is reportedly responding to pressure from aggrieved mothers
  • Men are being swept up for dodging payments and are being sent to the front
  • Money to pay alimony is taken from their military earnings – or family compensation if they are killed in action – and sent to the mother of their children
  • One mother – Dana Borisova, a former Playboy model and Russian army pin-up – is demanding a call-up for her own ex-husband whom she is in a dispute with

Russia is punishing men who refuse to pay child maintenance by sending them to the front lines in Ukraine, according to a Kremlin mouthpiece.

One city – Sochi – is responding to pressure from aggrieved mothers and sweeping up men dodging maintenance payments, ordering them to the front, leading Putin TV propagandist Margarita Simonyan has claimed.

Then the money to pay alimony is taken from their military earnings as mobilised soldiers, or family compensation if they are killed, and handed to the mothers of their children.

TV presenter Dana Borisova, a former Playboy model and Russian army pin-up, is demanding a call-up for her own ex-husband with whom she is in a legal dispute over payments

Leading Putin TV propagandist Margarita Simonyan (pictured) revealed Sochi is responding to pressure from aggrieved mothers and sweeping up men dodging maintenance payments

Angry Russian women are also taking matters into their own hands by providing to enlistment officers details of their former partners who fail to pay alimony ordered in divorce settlements.

TV presenter Dana Borisova, a former Playboy model and Russian army pin-up, is demanding a call-up for her own ex-husband with whom she is in a legal dispute.

She and her ex are in a long running legal dispute concerning support for their teenage daughter.

‘I have a […] non-payer of alimony living in my neighbour’s house – the father of my daughter,’ alleged Borisova, now 46.

‘Unfortunately, he did not yet receive a [military] summons.

‘I sincerely think that it would be great if he showed responsibility, if not in relation to his daughter, then at least in relation to his country.’

She is convinced that ‘non-payers can only be taught by being sent to the front line… If not this, then what else can fix them?’

The money to pay alimony is taken from fathers’ military earnings as mobilised soldiers, or family compensation if they are killed, and handed to the mothers of their children. Pictured: Firefighters conduct work in a destroyed building after Russian attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine

At 22, Borisova was hailed as a ‘national institution’, a pinup for Russian soldiers, credited with raising morale among draftees in a Defence Ministry-backed TV show called Army Store.

Later she was the star of reality shows and also posed for Maxim’s Russian edition.

Other women highlighted by investigative outlet Verstka are reporting defaulting fathers to military enlistment offices.

They want to tap into the earnings of mobilised soldiers in Putin’s war – around £2,900 a month, four times the national average male earnings, and eight times typical salaries in impoverished regions where many draftees are from.

One woman, Lilya Sergeyeva, said her non-paying former spouse had been sentenced to ‘corrective labour’ for failing to pay maintenance – but this did not help her or their daughter, 17, who he had played no part in raising.

Sergeyeva wanted him to serve in the war.

‘It will even be good if he gets killed,’ she posted.

State compensation payouts for relatives of those killed runs to £180,000.


At 22, Borisova was hailed as a ‘national institution’, a pinup for Russian soldiers, credited with raising morale among draftees in a Defence Ministry-backed TV show called Army Store. Later she was the star of reality shows and also posed for Maxim’s Russian edition

Ardent Putin propagandist Simonyan, 42, told on video how loyalist Sochi mayor Alexey Kopaygorodsky, 37, is chasing defaulting father and sending them to the front.

She explained: ‘[The Mayor of Sochi told me that] we took a list of persistent non-payers of alimony from the bailiffs and sent them [to the front].

‘People who do not repay their debt even to their children will now not only do that but also will pay child support from very decent military payments.

‘And these people will repay their Motherland.

‘The most interesting thing is that we do not see a single complaint from Sochi.’

The war on father in arrears was backed by leading Russian music producer Iosif Prigozhin, 53.

‘A man should be responsible to a woman, whom he then leaves with a child,’ he said. ‘It’s not enough to learn how to **** – you still need to be responsible.

‘I say this as a father of six children.’

Russian president Vladimir Putin has been desperate to bolster his army’s numbers in recent months, after suffering a series of embarrassing setbacks in the war. 

Last month, he announced partial mobilisation across the country – with his defence minister saying they were looking to recruit 300,000 troops. 

The move prompted thousands of Russian men to flee the country, while many reports have said enlistment efforts have focused on marginalised groups and communities away from why Putin considers Russia’s heartland. 

Last week, Putin declared martial law in the four occupied regions of Ukraine, empowering their Russian-installed administrations to step up mobilisation.

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