the Russian mobilization is now also increasingly attracting criticism from supporters of President Vladimir Putin. The editor-in-chief of the state broadcaster RT, Margarita Simonyan, railed against the chaotic actions of the authorities on her Telegram channel. “It has been announced that privates can be recruited up to the age of 35. The summonses go to 40-year-olds,” explained Simonyan. “They make people angry, as if they are doing it on purpose, as if they are doing it out of malice. As if they were sent from Kyiv.”
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began seven months ago, there has been little criticism from pro-Kremlin quarters. But Simonyan is not alone. On Saturday he explained Chairman of the Kremlin Human Rights Council, Valery Fadeyev, that he had written to Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to “urgently solve” problems with the mobilization.
In a post on Telegram, he criticized the way exemptions were applied.
He cited several instances of improper conscription, including nurses and midwives with no military experience. “Some (recruiters) hand out the draft papers at 2 a.m. as if they thought we were all draft evaders.”