Partial mobilization in Russia: what does it mean, when does it start, who will be called up?

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Peter Kavinsky

On September 21, a partial mobilization was announced in Russia, the decree was signed. Vladimir Putin stated this in his address

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Russian President Vladimir Putin appealed to the Russians on Wednesday, September 21. The main topic of the head of state’s speech was the situation in Ukraine and the related partial mobilization of citizens.

So, on September 21, a partial mobilization was announced in Russia, the decree was signed. Vladimir Putin stated this in his address:

“Only civilians currently on the reserve and especially those who have served in the armed forces, have certain military specialties and relevant experience, will be drafted into military service. Those called up for military service before being sent to units will certainly undergo additional military training, taking into account the experience of a special military operation. The decree on partial mobilization has been signed. The events start on September 21. I would like to emphasize that the citizens of the Russian Federation who have been called up for mobilization will receive all guarantees from military personnel serving under the contract.”

The text of the decree on partial mobilization has already been published on the Kremlin’s website.

Russians working in organizations of the military-industrial complex will be given the right to defer conscription, according to Putin’s decree.

During the period of partial mobilization, discharge from military service is possible due to age, health reasons and by a court order deprivation of liberty, the decree says

The governors were tasked with ensuring the call for mobilization in the amount and within the time frame set by the Department of Defense for each region

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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