To support its war effort in Ukraine, Russia’s defense ministry has disclosed a number of professions that would not be subject to conscription.
IT professionals, bankers, and journalists who work for state media won’t be affected by the “partial mobilization” declared by President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
As part of the push, some 300,000 residents might be called up.
Young guys are rushing to the borders in an effort to escape the relocation and avoid the draft.
Employers must develop a list of employees who match the requirements and submit it to its offices, the Russian defense ministry said in a statement announcing the exemptions on Friday.
However, it acknowledged that some businesses needed to be left out in order to “guarantee the operation of specialized high-tech enterprises, as well as Russia’s financial system.”
Commentators have noted that the mobilisation decree’s wording has been intentionally left ambiguous, which might enable it to be expanded if needed.
One paragraph is still completely categorized. This was referred to as the entire number of Russians who may be conscripted, which, according to Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, could not be divulged.
Earlier, the independent tabloid Novaya Gazeta claimed that the censored portion permitted a call-up of up to a million individuals rather than the previously stated 300,000.
Others question the veracity of the Kremlin’s claims that it will restrict the draft. There was “no talk” of mobilization by Russian authorities, Mr. Peskov told reporters just two weeks prior.
Additionally, allegations are spreading across the nation that local recruitment officials have called up Russian men who do not fit the requirements.
Men who had previously been excused from duty for medical reasons had been called up by the local commander in the Siberian area of Irkutsk, according to the Russian daily newspaper Kommersant.
To escape being called up by recruiters for the nation’s first military mobilization since World War Two, Russian men are still trying to leave the country in other places.
At the Georgia-Russia border crossing in the south, traffic lines extending for kilometres have developed.
Some travelers entering the neighboring nation have gotten through traffic jams and a prohibition on foot crossing by using bicycles, while others have complained of 12-hour delays.
When asked about the conflict, one guy who wished to remain unnamed told the BBC that while he was aware of its existence, it had not been of concern to him up until Mr. Putin’s announcement of a “partial mobilisation.”
People had awakened, according to a Russian student who also declined to provide his or her name. “As soon as they opened their eyes, they began to consider where they should hide their kids. Now since it directly impacts them, people are aware of what’s going on “he stated.
Another IT worker said to the BBC that while he disagreed with the war, he was afraid to speak out against it.
“I don’t want to endanger my own or my family’s lives. I don’t desire to be detained, “he stated. “My only option was to apply for a Schengen visa. Thank goodness, I received one in May.”
Georgia is one of the few nearby nations that Russians may visit without applying for a visa. There are longer lines at several crossing sites, according to border guards in the neighboring Finland, which has an 800-mile (1,300-km) border with Russia but requires a visa for admission.
Following the announcement of the military call-up, ticket costs for other airport-accessible locations, such as Istanbul, Belgrade, or Dubai, skyrocketed, with several locations seeing total sell-outs.
While the price of other flights to non-visa countries can go into the hundreds of euros, Turkish media have reported a sharp increase in one-way ticket sales.
The possibility of an inflow of Russian draft evaders is causing concern in some nations. On Thursday, the interior minister of Germany sent out a message saying that her nation would welcome conscription-evaders.
According to Nancy Faeser, protection would be provided to deserters faced by “serious repression” after security checks.
However, a number of other European nations, like the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, struck a different tone by declaring they would not provide asylum to fleeing Russians. The nations have long encouraged the EU to adopt a harsher stance toward Russia.
Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Jan Lipavsky remarked, “I realize that Russians are escaping from Putin’s more desperate actions. “However, people who are fleeing because they do not wish to perform a duty required by their own country do not fit the requirements for a humanitarian visa.”
The call-up on Tuesday provoked protests in significant Russian cities including Moscow and St. Petersburg, leading to a reported 1,300 arrests.
There have also been reports from Russia claiming that some of the protestors who were detained received draft paperwork while imprisoned at police stations. When questioned about the reports, Mr. Peskov responded that doing so was not illegal.