More than half of Russians feel anxious or angry about mobilisation, poll indicates

GDANSK, Poland (Reuters) - More than half of Russians felt fearful or anxious after hearing that the Kremlin was drafting hundreds of thousands of soldiers to fight in Ukraine, according to a poll released by the independent Levada Centre on Thursday.

In the poll, conducted from Sept. 22-28, 47% of respondents said they had felt anxiety, fear or dread following President Vladimir Putin's announcement on Sept. 21.

Another 13% said they had felt anger, while 23% said they had felt pride in Russia.

The poll was conducted among 1,631 Russians aged 18 or over in 50 regions.

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Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said only 300,000 reservists with previous military experience would be called up, but there has been public irritation, even among officials and pro-Kremlin commentators, at the large number of unsuitable or ostensibly ineligible people being given call-up papers.

Thousands of draft-age men have tried to leave Russia, while protests have been held - and quickly broken up by police - in dozens of cities.

The Kremlin has acknowledged that some call-ups have been issued in error, and said last week that mistakes were being corrected by regional governors and the ministry of defence.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey)