Bilyaletdinov receives Russian army summons

28/09/2022 15comments  |  Jump to last

Former Everton winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has been drafted into the Russian army as part of Vladimir Putin's partial mobilisation to support his war in Ukraine even though he is above the age limit.

The current threshold for active service in the Russian military is 35 but Bilyaletdinov, who spent three years at Everton after arriving as a highly-promising prospect in 2009, is now 37 having finished his career with Trakai in Lithuania four years ago.

According to, the decision to send Bilyaletdinov his summons may be because he has completed military service in the past but it may also be a symptom of what Western observers see as desperation on Putin's part to bolster his stalled efforts to invade Ukraine which began last February.

“Diniyar really received a summons,” Bilyaletdinov's father told “It’s hard to talk about emotions, because he didn’t serve, although he did military service, but it was specific, with a sports bias. That was 19 years ago. That is, yes, he took the oath, but served in the sports line.

“The law still says to call people up to 35 years old, and he is 37, so there is some kind of inconsistency. Now it will be found out whether this agenda is correct or it was sent [in error]. Anything can happen. 

“If there was a general mobilisation, then there is no need to ask questions. In the meantime, the president has established a partial one, everything should be in accordance with the law.”


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Phil Smith
1 Posted 28/09/2022 at 17:39:16
Damn. Unlucky lad. Time to get out o' there Billy, la.
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 28/09/2022 at 18:15:48
Head for the hills, Billy. Don’t be cannon fodder for that murderer Putin.
Dale Self
3 Posted 28/09/2022 at 18:26:28
Billy Don't Be A Hero! okay, sorry for that. It was all the talk about old bands that made me do it.
Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 28/09/2022 at 18:36:57
For partial mobilisation, read desperation at a failed policy.

Talk about overestimating your capability.

Now resorting to conscription to try and reclaim some sort of credibility for a failed campaign.

Be thankful for our moderate society and our freedom to have a voice.

Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 28/09/2022 at 18:44:13
What will this do Danny, turn the war back in Russia’s favour, or just send a lot more young men, to an early death, although I’m still expecting Putin, to be toppled from within, especially now he’s started resorting to partial mobilization?
Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 28/09/2022 at 18:47:49
Sadly Tony, your point about young people being sent to their early death.

The man is a modern dictator who has destroyed the lives of millions without a real reason in my opinion. His problem now is that he isn't willing to back down. There was never an objective, so he's trying to save face.

I agree, he will eventually be toppled from within. Hopefully soon.

Brent Stephens
7 Posted 28/09/2022 at 18:49:20
Tony, I think you're right. Poorly-trained and poorly-equipped recruits, reluctant recruits at that, might well see an even greater rate of casualties and an even greater public backlash - especially in the regions disproportionately having men almost shanghai'd into action.
John Kavanagh
8 Posted 29/09/2022 at 15:12:55
Feel a bit sorry for those like Billy who are being forced to fight - but my sympathies are with the Ukrainians in occupied territories who will shortly be conscripted to fight against their own country post annexation.

The West now really needs to double up on its support for Ukraine. We need to give whatever we can to help people living with no gas, water, electricity as well as facing being raped, tortured and murdered by Putin's FSB/Wagner thugs if their communities are occupied – should they manage to avoid being killed by Putin's bombs and missiles first.

Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 29/09/2022 at 15:59:40
What a pointless, empty tragedy this all is, caused by one megalomaniac's ambitions. Best wishes to Bily in an impossible situation.

Dale, thanks so much for planting that tune in my head. I owe you one.

Jim Bennings
10 Posted 29/09/2022 at 16:01:08
Bily, just line up one of those balls and twat it with that wand of a left foot right at Putin's head...end of war, simple.
Dale Self
11 Posted 29/09/2022 at 16:52:27
I think it stays weird for a while with Vlad setting up the votes in the territories that connect to Crimea. That will be his dumbass redline that he will threaten world ending consequences for its breach. Everyone knows the capability and quality aspects of the Ukraine moves are overwhelming the capacity and numbers of a dysfunctional Russian army.

With domestic and service unrest over the wisdom of his decisions, I suspect we will wait him out over the winter and see if he can complete the hole he's digging.

Lee Courtliff
12 Posted 29/09/2022 at 18:33:26
Good luck, Billy. Let's hope he and millions of others are saved from this nonsense sooner rather than later.
Danny O’Neill
13 Posted 29/09/2022 at 19:04:08
Literally marching people to vote, Dale.

Don't anyone tell me we don't live in a democracy. And be grateful for it, even if the party you don't support doesn't hold power.

To those who feared Russia, it's the Cold War Mk 2. Badly equipped troops with out-of-date equipment. Throw numbers at it rather than specialists. I saw on the news a clip of a discarded field dressing. As simple as it sounds, the date on it was 1977.

Absolute tragedy what is happening. He will be gone eventually, but unfortunately, he's determined to take hundreds of thousands down with him. Sad. Just sad.

Robert Tressell
14 Posted 29/09/2022 at 19:35:30
I think Bily was a Tatar which has all sorts of ethnic / cultural implications. I can imagine a lot of reasons why he wouldn't want to fight this war for Putin's Russia. Sickening. A lot of these new recruits will die, get injured or be brutalised forever by the experience. Hopefully Bily isn't one of them
Kieran Kinsella
15 Posted 29/09/2022 at 20:19:44

"Bily was a Tatar," what's your sauce?

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