Putin signs decree on conscripting foreign citizens
Vladimir Putin (Photo:Sputnik/Alexei Babushkin/Kremlin via REUTERS)
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing the conscription of foreign citizens into the Russian army; the document was published on the Kremlin’s website on Nov. 14.
The document changes preexisting 1999 Russian military service provisions: citizens who hold foreign citizenship or residence permit now can be conscripted for military service in Russia.
Effectively, Putin has allowed both foreigners and Russians with residence permits in other countries to be drafted into the army.
Russian authorities, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Putin himself, announced at the end of October that the mobilization has concluded. According to them, 300,000 men have been drafted into the army, and there will be no new call-ups.
However, the mobilization decree remains in effect.
Ukraine’s General Staff subsequently reported that covert mobilization remains underway in Russia.
According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Moscow is struggling with mobilization, due to insufficient number of military facilities, equipment, and instructors.
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