State Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov (mostly known for his active opposition to all things LGBT) said on Russian federal TV that, quote, "the era of iPhone soy cuckolds is coming to an end" & the war is giving them a chance to become real men
Milonov hasn't signed up, but he did go to Donbass a bunch of times since 2014, including on humanitarian aid missions in combat zones & visiting the troops.
Deputy Governor of Kamchatka Sergey Mironov has been called up during the partial mobilization, though; he confirmed that he'll participate in the SMO. Chief Federal Inspector for Kamchatka Evgeny Makarov has also signed up
State Duma Deputy Yury Shvytkin of the "United Russia" Party has also signed up to participate in the SMO after the partial mobilization was announced.
"The law is the same for everyone, there are no differences. Today my son was drafted. He already left for his unit this morning. I am proud of my son." - Head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov
Andrey Turchak, Secretary of the General Council of "United Russia", says that he has received applications from four State Duma Deputies with a request to join the Russian military in the SMO - Vitaly Milonov, Dmitry Sablin, Dmitry Khubezov, & Sergey Sokol.

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