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The authorities of the Leningrad region sent an order to state-owned enterprises to send employees “for military retraining.” Writes about it “Novaya Gazeta. Europe”.
According to the publication, men aged 18 to 60 are handed summons directly at the workplace, or they are sent through the management with a demand to appear at the military registration and enlistment office. The next day after receiving the summons, they are sent to the military unit. A representative of the military registration and enlistment office told the publication that those called up for “military retraining” are sent “to repair equipment that arrives because of the ribbon (from Ukraine – approx. Novaya Gazeta. Europe”).
So, according to the newspaper, on August 3, a bus with 22 conscripts aged 30 to 45 left Gatchina. The place of arrival was not reported to anyone. One of the interlocutors of the newspaper noted that people are sent regardless of their specialty – among the conscripts there were even cooks, and he himself was sent for “retraining”, although he was demobilized only three years ago. Another interlocutor of the publication said that he did not do military service at all, but the order came to the Elektropribor plant, where he works, so he was sent.
Russia has not announced a general mobilization, the authorities have repeatedly stated that they are not going to do this. At the same time, it is known that the military registration and enlistment offices are more active than ever in searching for potential contractors: they send summonses to men with an invitation to “military registration” and advertise “short-term service” under the contract. In addition, some Russian cities announced the creation of volunteer battalions.