UKRAINSKA PRAVDA – FRIDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2022, 17:15
Russia plans to draft 1.2 million people into its army as part of the mobilisation.
Source: Meduza, quoting a source close to one of the Russian federal ministries
Details: The source noted that it was recommended to keep recruitment from regional centres "to a minimum", adding, "They’re going to rural areas where there’s no media, no opposition, and more support [for the war - ed.]."
At the same time, Meduza’s source close to the Kremlin leadership reported that there are plans to mobilise up to 16,000 people in Moscow. This information was confirmed by a source close to one of the Russian federal ministries.
An estimated 3,200 people are to be called up in St Petersburg, according to a source close to the authorised representative of the North-Western Federal District.
However, Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov told the Kremlin-sponsored news outlet TASS that the claim that 1.2 million Russians are to be drafted in the partial mobilisation is a lie.
He also said previous statements that the Kremlin plans to draft up to 1 million people as part of the mobilisation were untrue.
On the morning of 21 September, Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilisation.
Later it turned out that the decree on mobilisation contains a secret paragraph which allows the Russian Ministry of Defence to draft up to a million people for the war.
Protests were held in Russian cities on 21 September after partial mobilisation was announced. Law enforcement agencies report that police arrested at least 1,176 people.
Detained protesters were issued with mobilisation notices in Moscow and Voronezh.