Russian forces slammed by TV host over mobilisation

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Revolts have hit Vladimir Putin’s administration as Russians are said to see failures “all too clearly” despite an internal blame game. Support for Moscow’s “special military operation” appears to have taken a turn for the worse following Putin’s order for the immediate mobilisation of 300,000 reservists in Ukraine.

This was Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two.

Moscow insisted that only those with previous military experience would be drafted to fight in the ongoing conflict.

But reports suggest others are receiving the call-up, much to the anger of the individuals and their families.

The Kremlin is likely to have “set quotas for local officials to fill and emphasised meeting those quotas over abiding by the legal guidelines for mobilisation eligibility”, according to news agency Interfax.

This could explain reports of individuals with no military experience or with other disqualifying factors receiving the call to fight in Ukraine.

The Kremlin, according to analysts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), has attempted to manage the resulting anger by blaming poor bureaucracy.

But protests across dozens of Russian cities over the weekend suggests this is failing to wash.

The ISW said: “The Kremlin is deflecting blame for the Russian Government’s failure to abide by its own stated criteria for mobilisation and exemptions onto the failing bureaucratic institutions responsible for the mobilisation.

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“The Kremlin is downplaying the widespread violations of the mobilisation law as individual errors of local authorities, claiming to correct these errors as citizens call attention to them.

“The violations are clearly too common to be merely the result of individual errors, however, and Russian citizens can see them all too clearly.”

Analysts at the institute added: “Unlike Russian failures in Ukraine, which the Kremlin has been able to minimise or deflect because its citizens cannot see them directly, violations of the mobilisation decree are evident to many Russians.”

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In a move that would undoubtedly spread further fury across Russia, the Kremlin yesterday hinted at closing the country’s border to prevent fighting-age-men from escaping the draft.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “I don’t know anything about [reports of men being turned away at the border].

“At the moment, no decisions have been taken on this.”

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Russians have been detained during protests against Putin’s mobilisation announcement last week.

Independent protest monitoring group OVD-Info said detentions were made in 32 different cities across Russia, from St Petersburg to Siberia, on Saturday alone.

Officials in Moscow have branded those attempting to dodge the draft as “rats” and more.

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