Partial mobilization in Russia: Up to a million reservists affected?

Partial mobilization in Russia: Up to a million reservists affected?

Guillaume Dominguez edited by Gauthier Delomez with AFP
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9:39 p.m. September 22, 2022

Mobilization began in Russia. According to several Russian opposition media, recruitment began on Wednesday evening, a few hours after Vladimir Putin’s speech ordering partial mobilization for the offensive in Ukraine. In the Buryatia region of southern Russia, the Méduza website reports that the 7,000 registered reservists were visited during the night by members of the Russian administration, who urged them to report immediately to the region’s military registration office.

Further east, in the town of Neryungri, local outlet Taïga info posted a video on its Twitter account in which we see volunteer reservists saying goodbye to their families as soon as they exit a makeshift recruiting office before boarding the bus, who is on his way to training camp. Similar videos, recorded in several cities across the country, have been shared on social networks since Thursday morning.

According to the Russian army, 10,000 volunteers have asked to be mobilized in Ukraine within 24 hours

Almost 10,000 people have voluntarily mobilized for the offensive in Ukraine in the past 24 hours after Vladimir Putin’s announcement, the Russian General Staff said on Thursday. “On the first day of partial mobilization, about 10,000 citizens came to the military police stations on their own without waiting for their summons,” said Interfax agency spokesman Vladimir Tsimlianski.

The Russians try to avoid mobilization

If we talk about 300,000 additional men in the ranks of the Russian army, according to information from the opposition media and the newspaper, this number could actually increase to a million people Novaya Gazieta. According to one of their sources close to Vladimir Poutine’s government, the seventh paragraph of the mobilization decree published on Wednesday allows for the mobilization of up to a million people.

This information was immediately denied by the country’s authorities, who in turn refused to publish the contents of this decree.

Hurry on airline websites

On the other hand, once mobilization has started, other Russians try to leave the country to escape. Shortly after the Russian President’s speech A rush was noted on airline websites. According to statistical tool Google Trends, searches in Russia for the terms “tickets” and “plane” have more than doubled since 6am GMT on Wednesday, when Vladimir Putin’s recorded televised address began.

On Thursday evening, Germany also said it was ready to take in these Russians, unlike the Czech Republic.