On Wednesday Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilisation of troops to be sent to Ukraine as he is losing vast amounts of territory that he once occupied.
Novaya Gazeta which is a Russian newspaper known for their critical investigations of Russia’s political elite have uncovered the the “secret seventh paragraph” of the decree on mobilisation which “allows the Ministry of Defense to call up 1 million people,” a source in the presidential administration said.
Putin announced a partial-mobilisation of troops that would only apply to “citizens who are currently in the reserve, especially those who have served in the armed forces, have certain military professions and relevant experience.”
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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said 300,000 Russians are to be called up which will apply to “those with previous military experience.”
Shoigu said, “these are not people who’ve never seen or heard anything about the army” and stressed that students can “keep going to class.”
Mark Voyger, a senior fellow with the Transatlantic Defense and Security Program at the Center for European Analysis, told Express.co.uk “We need to pay attention to the entirety of the text for Putin’s decree because paragraph seven is actually classified.
“Usually, the Russian leadership leaves the last one or two items classified, they do not publish all the information openly.
“That’s been the case with previous such announcement, so they actually leave themselves some leeway, some opportunity to tweak those numbers.
“Therefore, even though they’ve said it is going to be 300,000 people in this mobilisation, the classified paragraph may be hiding additional troops.”
“For certain, they are going to recruit at least this publicly announced number and of course, probably more.”
He added, “Anybody that has any means will try to leave Russia. It’s a deeply unpopular measure. Nobody really wants to fight and nobody is motivated to die.
“We are now seeing draft notes being served to people even in the street in St. Petersburg in Moscow – this is where the middle class of Russia mostly lives.
“Many people there have been to the West, have the internet, speak different languages… they have a better idea of how things really are in the war effort.
“They do not want to be used as cannon fodder in Ukraine to fight Putin’s illegitimate war.”