On Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense published a video showing the arrival of dozens of Russian reservists to a military training base as part of the mobilization plan announced by President Vladimir Putin. The video showed soldiers of different ages responding to an army officer’s call before receiving their uniforms.
Critics have accused the Kremlin of concentrating its recruitment efforts in remote areas such as Siberia or the North Caucasus populated by ethnic minorities to avoid stirring up dissent in urban centres, particularly Moscow.
The Kremlin acknowledges “mistakes” in efforts to call up reservists
Earlier, the Kremlin acknowledged on Monday that there had been “mistakes” in efforts to call up hundreds of thousands of reservists to take part in the fighting in Ukraine, stressing that the authorities had “never made a decision” on closing the borders to men of fighting age, at a time when many Russians were fleeing from their homes. country.
“Cases have been recorded in which the summons decree was violated,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, expressing the hope that “these errors will be corrected.”
The authorities emphasized that the mobilization of 300,000 reservists does not mean only people who have military experience or the required skills. However, a large number of cases of summoning elderly, sick or inexperienced persons, as well as students, were recorded.
The decision to mobilize since it was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, has sparked demonstrations and led to the arrest of thousands of people. It appears that many Russians have chosen to flee the country, given the increasing flow of Russians to the borders of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Finland and Mongolia. Air tickets are also very popular.
This influx heightened fears that Russia would prevent men of combative age from traveling.
The Kremlin spokesman stressed that the authorities “have not taken a decision” on closing the borders for this category of citizens.