Putin announces “partial mobilization”: protests and escapes from Moscow

Putin announces partial mobilization protests and escapes from Moscow

(Finance) – From the protest in the squares directly to the recruitment office. According to opposition activists, this is what happened to several young people who demonstrated in dozens of Russian cities against the announcement of Vladimir Putin on the recall of 300,000 reservists.

The spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, did not deny it, emphasizing indeed that this “is not against the law”. The day after the president’s speech to the nation, rumors and interpretations on the real meaning of the mobilization continue to go crazy in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other major Russian cities, and above all on how many and what will be those called to arms, in an atmosphere of growing nervousness. The uncertainty is fueled by the disappearance, in the version published by the Kremlin, of one of the ten points that make up the decree signed by Putin, to be exact number 7.

According to Novaya Gazeta Europewhich cites a high-level source, the mysterious article would provide for the possibility of recalling to arms not the 300,000 men mentioned by Defense Minister Serghei Shoigu but even up to one million.

Putin’s warning that Russia will use it also raises the bar of tension “all means at its disposal” to defend itself from a West that wants to “destroy” it. At a meeting of the UN Security Council, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced what he called “Russia’s reckless nuclear threats”, accusing Putin of wanting “tear the world order apart” with Russian Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov who responded by accusing in turn “the US and its allies” of being part of the conflict in Ukraine, which he said “is becoming a totalitarian state of the Nazi type”. To then leave controversially the hall immediately after the speech.

Meanwhile, Ovd-Info reports that more than 1,300 people stopped by the police in protests against the partial mobilization on Wednesday evening, the overwhelming majority in Moscow and St. Petersburg. While lines of cars carrying many young people of recruitment age leaving Russia are reported by some Telegram channels on the borders with Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Finland. The Finnish border guard stressed that arrivals by land from Russia are higher than normal and on Wednesday alone they were almost 5,000. Even visa applications at some European embassy in Moscow have experienced a surge, while flights to countries that do not require entry permits for Russian citizens (primarily Turkey) continue to sell out.