Kremlin Responds to Mobilization Rumors: Should Russians Brace for Another Wave?

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.25 - 2024 12:28 PM CET

No New Mobilization Needed, Kremlin Asserts.

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The Kremlin has dismissed concerns about the necessity for a new wave of mobilization in Russia. This response follows reports from the British newspaper,

The Financial Times, suggesting that Russia might announce another mobilization by late 2024 or early 2025.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesperson, addressed these claims directly, emphasizing that President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated there is no need for additional mobilization efforts.

"It’s unlikely that The Financial Times understands the real picture. You know that we have a very active and ongoing recruitment of volunteer contract soldiers, which is happening on a daily basis," Peskov told RIA Novosti.

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Adding to the confusion, Ivan Fedorov, the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, claimed that Russia was preparing for mobilization in the Zaporizhzhia region, with infrastructure supposedly in place to draft over 150,000 men aged 18 to 30.

However, these claims were not substantiated and contradicted statements made by the region's governor, Yevgeny Balitsky, in 2022, who assured that residents would not face mobilization for five years due to exceptional circumstances.

The last partial mobilization in Russia concluded in October 2022. At that time, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed to President Putin that the mobilization had ended. Subsequently, President Putin and various government officials have reiterated that there is no need for further mobilization.

Of course, this could be propaganda from Peskov, and whether Russia ends up with another mobilization, only time will tell.

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