FACT CHECK: Putin’s Mobilization Isn’t Going as Promised.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order of a “partial mobilization” is failing a reality check, with local commissariats apparently drafting men with zero military background or experience and protests erupting across the country.

Putin ordered the call-up last week amid Russia’s chronic military setbacks in Ukraine, saying it was aimed at reservists and specialists who’d previously served in the military. But already, the Kremlin has had to clarify who’s being called up for duty while prospects are fleeing by the tens of thousands.

On September 21, Putin said:

“I repeat, we are talking specifically about partial mobilization. That is, only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription. And above all, those who served in the armed forces, have certain military specialties and relevant experience.”

That turns out to be false.

Reports from across Russia paint a picture of chaos, panic, and anger, with the military commissariats and local authorities hectically trying to reach numeric targets from Moscow.

www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-putins-mobilization-isnt-going-as-promised/6764750.html

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