Petersburgers continue to receive summons for mobilization, despite statements about its “completion”. Why You Shouldn’t Relax

On Friday, October 28, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reportedthat in Russia they completed the dispatch of mobilized units and stopped the distribution of subpoenas. Vladimir Putin too claimsthat in mobilization “the end has been put”. But no official decree was issued – in the Kremlin declarethat it is not needed.

At “Paper” there is evidence that mobilization in St. Petersburg continued after 28 October. Read what is known about the possible continuation of the draft, who receives summons and how events can develop further.

Petersburgers said that they continue to receive subpoenas. Probably, state employees are still involved in the distribution

Reader “Paper” She said that on October 29, her husband was put a summons for mobilization in the mailbox. The agenda signed by the military commissar of the Primorsky district (the photo is at the disposal of “Paper”) the man was asked to appear at the draft board on the morning of September 30. But the Petersburger did not go there – according to his wife, he has a respite for IT specialists.

In the Krasnogvardeisky district, on October 28, the head of the organization was also given subpoenas for five key employees, says another reader, whose young man works at the enterprise and received a summons there. According to her, by October 31, the businessman is still forced to hand over subpoenas. To prevent mobilization, four employees were given leave. Only one went to “verify the data” – and on October 29 he was told at the military registration and enlistment office to “appear with things,” the reader says.

A former employee of a children’s art house in the north of St. Petersburg on November 1 told “Paper”that state employees from the city DDT “continue to be forced to distribute agendas even after the announcement of the completion of mobilization.” She was informed about this by a relative who works in one of these institutions.

“She said that just yesterday [31 октября] the teachers continued to hand out the agendas,” says the St. Petersburg woman. An acquaintance of the woman from the DDT in the Primorsky district confirmed that on October 31 they also tried to involve them in the distribution of summonses, but the teachers refused.

Readers of Fontanka also talk about cases of conscription after October 28. October 31 correspondent called to the military registration and enlistment office of the Vyborgsky district – there he was told that mobilization in the district “is still ongoing.”

In Putin’s decree there are no conditions for the completion of mobilization. A separate decree will allow contractors to quit and prevent a new wave of mobilization

Public part of the presidential decree on mobilization does not contain no information about the terms, plans and conditions for the completion of the process, made sure “Paper”. The indicator of 300 thousand people, the achievement of which Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported, is not registered in the public part. One of the points of the decree is hidden under the heading “for official use” – there may be a mobilization task.

The procedure for the end of mobilization is not spelled out in the legislation at all, explains lawyer Pavel Chikov. In his opinion, the Russian authorities proceed from the fact that decisions on mobilization and demobilization are made by the Ministry of Defense.

The presidential decree contains the concept of “the end of the period of partial mobilization”, that is, it must come, but the conditions for this are not spelled out.

There is also no way to establish whether the Ministry of Defense really completed the mobilization task. Chikov notes that verbal statements about the completion of mobilization from Sergei Shoigu and Vladimir Putin have no binding force, as well as press releases from the Kremlin and the ministry.

“The cessation of mobilization will deprive the authorities of the opportunity, without a new decree, to initiate subsequent mobilization measures, if they are needed,” Chikov points out. In addition, the human rights activist writes, the completion of mobilization will give contract soldiers the right to retire from military service.

Smolny on his resources does not talk about the completion of mobilization in St. Petersburg

The authorities of St. Petersburg have not yet directly made any statement about the completion of the mobilization.

October 28 at the press service of the city administration reported “Fontanka” that “the main measures have been completed” for mobilization in the city. However, there is no such information on any government resource. Governor Alexander Beglov also avoided this topic in his weekly radio address on October 31.

American analysts believe that in a few months conscripts for the autumn draft will be sent to the front. Meduza’s sources spoke of a possible “second wave” of mobilization

On November 1, the autumn conscription began in Russia – a month later than usual. Summon mission reduced by 7.5 thousand people in comparison with the last autumn call – 120 thousand Russians should be involved in military service.

With the start of the conscription, the “completion” of mobilization was associated, for example, by Ekaterina Shulman – she notedthat military registration and enlistment offices may not be able to cope with two tasks at once. At the same time, the political scientist believes that in the regions they will “clean up the tails.”

At the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces claimthat they will not send conscripts called up this fall to the front and to the annexed territories of Ukraine.

However, the American Institute for the Study of War considerthat after four to six months of training, conscripts can still be sent to Ukraine. At the beginning of the war, there were cases when conscripts were forced to sign contracts and sent to the front, despite numerous promises from the Ministry of Defense and Putin personally to prevent this.

Meduza sources close to the Kremlin spokethat in winter a “second wave” of mobilization may begin in Russia. Officially, the authorities deny this. However, legally, there are no obstacles for this now.

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Cover photo: “Peter against mobilization»

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