The Kremlin deliberately held a prisoner swap on the day the mobilization was announced – Institute for War Research

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Peter Kavinsky

This was written by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

ISW writes that the exchange is “very unpopular with Russian nationalists and mil bloggers”.

Analysts note that the Kremlin is openly failing to meet its promised conditions for partial mobilization. The Kremlin’s quotas are likely to force local authorities to mobilize men regardless of military status, and are likely to encourage disproportionate mobilization of ethnically non-Russian and immigrant communities.

The announcement of partial mobilization and blatant disregard for mobilization parameters even dictated by the government may alienate the interested sections of the Russian public, who previously tolerated the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which affected their personal interests less.

published full list Ukrainian defenders and foreigners exchanged with the Russian Federation. 215 Ukrainian defenders, including 10 foreigners, were exchanged for Putin’s godfather Viktor Medvedchuk and 55 Russian soldiers.

Due to the staff shortage of the Russian army for the war against Ukraine, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree on partial mobilization in Russia. Measures to implement the decree will begin on September 21. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 300,000 reservists would be called up as part of a partial mobilization. According to him, the recruitment will not take place as part of a one-off action. Mobilization will affect 1.1% of the total mobilization resource.

As reported on September 20th The State Duma of the Russian Federation has unanimously adopted in the second and third reading, a draft law introducing concepts such as “mobilization”, “martial law” and “wartime” into the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.


On February 24, 2022, at 4 a.m., Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct large-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine reject the enemy, the plan of the blitzkrieg – to take Kiev in two or three days – failed, the Russian army withdrew from the capital. The Russian military is committing thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity across Ukraine.

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