Putin signs off 'corrections' to military draft

STORY: Speaking at a meeting with teachers broadcast on state television, Putin said the decree would defer conscription for additional categories of students.

This would include those enrolled at accredited private universities, and certain postgraduate students.

Over 200,000 people have already been drafted into Russia's armed forces since President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization two weeks ago, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday (October 4).

Reports have surfaced of men with no military experience or past draft age receiving call-up papers, adding to outrage that has reignited dormant - and banned - anti-war demonstrations.

Tens of thousands of men seeking to avoid the draft have already fled abroad, and the public remains concerned that the mobilization could be expanded.