Former Russian soccer star clarifies military call-ups

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov said he went to the local military recruiting office to update his contact details.

Former Russian international soccer star Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has explained that he received a summons to go to his local military recruitment office to update his personal details, rather than being drafted into the army.

Bilyaletdinov’s father told Russian media on Wednesday that his son – who has won 46 caps for the national team during his playing career – had received a call-up as part of the ongoing partial mobilization.

But the 37-year-old former footballer himself clarified on Thursday that the notice was simply to verify his data.

“This morning I went to the military enlistment office. They just checked the data, because I haven’t updated it for a long time,”Bilyaletdinov told Championat.

“I spent half an hour at the military registration and enlistment office, then I went home. They just clarified the data.

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Bilyaletdinov’s father had expressed surprise at the summons, citing his son’s age and the stipulation that only soldiers and sergeants aged 35 and under would be called up.

“He didn’t serve [in the army]although he did his military service, but it was sport specific and inclined,”Rinat Bilyaletdinov told RIA Novosti.

“Now we will find out if it is correct or if it was sent too soon.”

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov was part of the Russian team that made it to the semi-finals of the 2008 European Championship.

At club level, he played for Lokomotiv Moscow and Spartak Moscow, also spending three years at English Premier League club Everton.

After retiring from professional football in 2018, the former attacking midfielder started a coaching career and is currently part of the staff of FC Rodina-2, who play in the Russian second league.

Bilyaletdinov’s trip to his local military recruiting center comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization last week, which aims to recruit 300,000 reservists across the country.

This measure aims to help control the areas under Russian control and the 1,000 kilometer line of contact with Ukrainian forces.


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