The announcement of partial mobilization by President Vladimir Putin is not yet enthusiastic in Russia. protested. Security forces intervened against them.
Police have arrested more than 1,300 demonstrators, including over 1,000 in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Latvia-based Independent News server Meduza, based in Latvia due to censorship by Russian authorities, reports on the deportation of several men arrested during Wednesday’s anti-mobilization demonstrations, citing its sources.
At several police stations in Moscow and Voronezh, detainees received summonses. His one such document was published by Yabloko Opposition member Kirill Goncharov on his account on his network Telegram Social.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that such proceedings did not violate the law.
Medusa also issued a statement of some Russians. In a letter to the editor, they summarized their feelings after the announcement of the mobilization. He wrote that he would try to avoid conscription, even if it meant submitting his name.
For example, Ilya, 35, from Moscow, said he made a promise with his parents that if he received a draft, he would hide in a house in the village and his family would bring him food. “I’m not going to die for Putin,” he wrote.
Who will be affected by mobilization?
Izzy Just, a publicist who has lived in Moscow for many years, told Aktuálně.cz newspaper that his acquaintances were shocked after the mobilization was announced. “For them the war was far away. Now most people can find themselves on the battlefield. No one in my neighborhood has received a draft order yet. An acquaintance who works as a personnel officer in an unnamed Russian bank told me that they had a call-up order from the military government and that their Unions know they must notify employees that they are being mobilized.
According to Defense Minister Serge Shojug, the mobilization is expected to affect 300,000 men in the first wave, especially those with combat experience. But Russia’s independent daily Novaya Gazeta on Thursday, citing a source in the presidential administration, said Putin’s order contained classified clauses that would allow up to one million Russians to be mobilized. I wrote.
It is not yet clear who the enlistment will concern. Whether they are Russians who have fought in Syria since 2016 or in Chechnya before that. Whether mobilization applies even to Afghan veterans who are already aging today. The Soviet army withdrew from there in 1988, so even the youngest participant in this war is over 50 years old.
Sold out tickets and border queues
Traffic at road border crossings from Russia also increased significantly after Putin’s speech announcing the mobilization. There was a long queue at the Georgian-Mongolian border. Meanwhile, the Finnish Border Agency on Wednesday denied a report that there was a 35-kilometer queue of Russian cars in front of the Finnish border. But on Thursday, Helsinki announced that traffic at its intersections has increased since nighttime. Norway, on the other hand, reports normal traffic. Poland and the Baltic countries have already severely restricted the entry of Russian citizens, except in humanitarian cases and for truck drivers.
Flights from Russia to cities that can still be flown disappeared on Wednesday. “It’s a huge panic-driven demand. People are afraid they won’t be able to leave the country later,” a source at Russia’s tourism agency, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.
However, Russia’s national airline, Aeroflot, has denied reports that it is denying Russian citizens between the ages of 18 and 65 from boarding foreign flights.
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