300,000 affected men: Putin declares partial mobilization over

Status: 01/11/2022 7:27 PM

Russian President Putin has ended the partial mobilization – without an official decree. His defense secretary acknowledged initial problems with the campaign, but these have been resolved.

By Christina Nagel, ARD Studio Moscow

In recent days, there have been repeated reports of the end of the partial mobilization. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin made it official in a press conference: “Yes, it’s over. The end is set.”

“No more call-up letters”

The last open question has also been clarified from the point of view of Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov. Namely, whether a new presidential decree is needed to end the partial mobilization.

An investigation by the legal department of the presidential administration found that this was not the case, Peskov said: “The Defense Ministry has already sent telegrams to the military commissariat so that no further conscription letters are sent.”

Shoigu: 300,000 men were mobilized

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, 300,000 men were mobilized according to plan. To date, 87,000 have been sent to the front. All regions would have met their quota.

“In the initial phase, there were mistakes in the work of the military commissioners,” said Shoigu. “We have taken extraordinary measures to improve the organization.”

The State Duma, the lower house of Russia, has already taken up the matter to close the loopholes. A proposal from the General Staff foresees, among other things, that citizens are more legally obliged than before to inform the military services of changes to their data.

The bill created uncertainty

Uncertainty was caused by reports that a bill was in the works that would allow prosecutions of those who evaded mobilization in the future. One MP said they wanted to be prepared because they didn’t know when mobilization would be needed again.

Human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov thinks this could come sooner than expected. After all, the number of people to be recruited was kept secret in the decree: “Maybe 300,000. But maybe 500,000. Maybe a million or two. That’s why there may be new quotas tomorrow.”

The situation that justified the partial mobilization has not changed, according to Chikov in the YouTube format “Breakfast Show”.

Initiative withdrawn

The legislative initiative has since been withdrawn. According to the representatives of the responsible Duma committees in the evening, it lost its topicality due to the end of the partial mobilization.

In Russia, everything now revolves around the conscripts. Due to the partial mobilization, they were called up a month later than usual. According to the Ministry of Defense, about 120,000 men are involved. Your military service lasts twelve months. A deployment to the front is reportedly not planned.

Russia: Kremlin officially declares partial mobilization over

Christina Nagel, ARD Moscow, November 1, 2022 7:22 PM

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