Russia Suspends Partial Mobilization

Russia Suspends Partial Mobilization

Russia’s President Putin has declared partial mobilization over – without an official decree. His defence minister acknowledged initial problems with the campaign – but they have been resolved.

There had been repeated reports of the end of partial mobilization in the past few days. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin made it official in a press conference: “Yes, it’s over, and the end has been set.”

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 partial mobilization.

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

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, 300,000 men were mobilized as planned. 87,000 have now been sent to the front, and all regions will have met their quotas.

“In the early stages, there were mistakes in the work of the military commissariats,” Shoigu said. “We have taken extraordinary measures to improve the organization.”

The Duma, Russia’s lower house, has already taken up the cause of closing loopholes in the law. A proposal from the General Staff provides, among other things, for citizens to be more legally obliged than before to inform the military offices of changes to their data.

Uncertainty was caused by reports that a draft law would make it possible to prosecute those who evade mobilization in the future. One MP said they wanted to be prepared because they didn’t know when mobilization would be necessary again.

The legislative initiative has now been withdrawn.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 will now revolve around conscripts. They were called up a month later than usual because of the partial mobilization. According to the Ministry of Defense, it is about 120,000 men. Your military service lasts twelve months. A deployment at the front, it is said, is not planned.

Image by The Presidential Press and Information Office (Wikimedia)/ Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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