Russians protesting and fleeing country as Putin orders a draft for Ukraine: NPR


Riot police on Wednesday detained demonstrators to protest a mobilization in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of reservoirs in Russia with immediate effect.

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Riot police on Wednesday detained demonstrators to protest a mobilization in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of reservoirs in Russia with immediate effect.

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s orders to mobilize more troops to bolster his struggling military campaign in Ukraine have wavered across Russia, as the military increasingly drafts new recruits and signs of discontent appear to spread. give.

Putin announced the decision on Wednesday, calling it “partial mobilizationHe stressed that only a small percentage of Russians with backgrounds in military service are affected.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu immediately ordered an additional 300,000 troops to be called in – even as many suggested news reports The actual number could be three times higher.

The Kremlin has tasked regional governors with overseeing the draft and imposes harsh punishments for denial of service or up to 10 years in prison.

Meanwhile, the impact of the decree is increasingly apparent. Dozens of videos have surfaced on social media showing families and friends sending off young recruits to fight. These were scenes that some Russians could not even imagine last week. (NPR has not independently verified the images and footage.)

A Bando in Yakutia, in the Far North of Russia popular played The World War II-era song “Katyusha” and the audience applauded as a recruit was presented with a birthday cake that coincided with his deployment.

In Lipetsk, 300 miles south of Moscow, an Orthodox priest blessed young agent cried as mothers in civilian clothes. “Mom, I’ll be back!” A recruit shouted as an officer ordered the group to march.

in Dagestan, in the south of Russia, video shown An argument outside a recruiting station.

“My son has been fighting there since February!” Says a woman who likens the current conflict to the Soviet Union’s war with Nazi Germany in World War II.

“That was a war … but This It’s just politics!” replied one man.

Despite government assurances that only people with a military service background will be drafted, there are several reports of draft letters being sent to people with no prior military experience.

News reports and social media posts show long queues of cars at Russia’s border crossings, amid uncertainty over the draft’s scope. Finland and Georgiain the west, and Kazakhstan And Mongolia in the south.


Cars arriving from Russia wait in long lines at the border post between Russia and Finland near Valima, Finland, on Thursday.

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Tickets for countries with visa-free travel outside Russia – such as Armenia and Turkey – have either sold out or increased in price.

In Moscow, a channel on the social media app Telegram claimed that Track in real time the movements of recruiting officers across the city – even the metro.

“At Baumanskaya station, officers stop people by standing near the turnstiles,” says one post.

At Park Pobedee station, a group of National Guards are right near the escalator. Careful friend,” says another.

Avtozak Live, a voluntary human rights watchdog group, reported the number of nine arson attacks Military recruitment was carried out at centers or government buildings across Russia.

Rights advocates say police is in custody over 1,300 people Protests in dozens of Russian cities followed Putin’s address – “Not for war!” With a screaming crowd. and “Putin to the trenches!”


Police detain a man during a protest against Russian military mobilization in Moscow on Wednesday. More than 1,300 people have been arrested in demonstrations across Russia against President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial mobilization of civilians to fight in Ukraine, a police watchdog group said on Wednesday.

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Police detain a man during a protest against Russian military mobilization in Moscow on Wednesday. More than 1,300 people have been arrested in demonstrations across Russia against President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial mobilization of civilians to fight in Ukraine, a police watchdog group said on Wednesday.

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Many now face potential legal troubles – after authorities warned protesters risked violating new laws that criminalize “defaming” Russia’s armed forces with lengthy prison terms. Huh.

Several demonstrators of admitted age claimed that they were presented with draft papers in police custody – Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Kremlin, defend as Legal at a news briefing.

Anti-war activists have called for additional protests against mobilization over the weekend.

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