Russia plans mobilization wave to focus on Moscow region, intelligence says

18 January, 10:25 PM
According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russia will soon announce a new wave of mobilization (Photo:Sergey Pivovarov/File Photo/Reuters)

According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russia will soon announce a new wave of mobilization (Photo:Sergey Pivovarov/File Photo/Reuters)

Russia is preparing for a new wave of mobilization which will target residents of Moscow and the central regions, Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence reported via Telegram on Jan. 18.

According to the message, military enlistment officers arrive at enterprises in Moscow to carry out propaganda activities among employees, pressuring and intimidating men to heed mobilization notices. Russian military commissars are most interested in men of 40-55 years old, who have completed compulsory military service and have certain military specialties.

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The report noted this propaganda work is also aimed at foreign nationals, in particular migrants from the former Soviet republics. Men of conscription age who apply to the authorities for Russian citizenship are offered to sign a contract for military service, with the promise of citizenship being granted after they complete their tours.

Russian business owners are forced to make "voluntary" donations to the Russian Armed Forces, with amounts reaching RUB 1 million ($14,500).

The report also stated that “volunteer patrol” groups of 3-5 people are formed in Moscow to roam central streets, squares, places near subway stations, and major shopping malls. Their task is to prevent possible protests. According to the received instructions, any groups of more than 20 people are considered “suspicious.”

Earlier, Ukrainian Defense Intelligence reported that Russia was aiming to create a two-million-strong army.

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