Russia preparing for mass mobilization of students, warns Ukrainian intelligence

21 February, 02:11 PM
Russia is preparing to mobilize students en masse (Photo:REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko)

Russia is preparing to mobilize students en masse (Photo:REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko)

Russia is preparing to conscript students of higher educational institutions as part of a new wave of mobilizations, the Ukrainian military’s Main Directorate of Intelligence (HUR) reported in Telegram on Feb. 21.

In order to draft these students, so-called “alert stations” are being created across Russia, which will assist military commissars in serving summonses, HUR said.

In particular, the management of Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, and Tomsk State Pedagogical University have issued documents obliging the structural divisions of higher education institutions to allocate a certain number of students and employees to work at these “alert stations”.

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Citizens who are not officially subject to mobilization are also planned to be involved in this work.

Meanwhile, at the Tomsk Polytechnic University, inclusion into these “districts” takes place without the consent or even prior informing of certain students and employees, Ukrainian intelligence noted.

Representatives of the top management of educational institutions are appointed to manage these “districts”.

“The mobilization will be likely carried out before April 1 – the beginning of the spring draft for conscription,” HUR explained.

“If necessary, the start of the draft can be postponed.”

Earlier, The New York Times reported that Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin plans to mobilize hundreds of thousands of Russians.

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