To Meet Mobilization Quotas, Russia is Recruiting from the Worst of Its Society

by Wall Street Rebel - Michael London | 01/27/2023 10:12 AM
To Meet Mobilization Quotas, Russia is Recruiting from the Worst of Its Society

Russia will need a substantial quantity of troops in order to achieve a new quota that will allow them to begin a spring offensive into Ukraine. Without regard to a person's social standing, Moscow wants to recruit anybody who is physically capable of engaging in combat.


The Russian government's failure to win on the battlefield has likely prompted the Kremlin to call for a new recruitment.

It seems that Russia is dropping hints that another wave of mobilization is on the horizon as the Kremlin attempts to satisfy its military goals in Ukraine.

Following the adoption of a bill that would alter the call-up age for conscripts, State Duma Deputy Viktor Sobolev declared on Friday that Russian reservists age 30 and older with no military experience would be trained, as reported by the Russian news outlet URA.RU.

As part of Moscow's intentions to increase the number of Russian soldiers by 30%, a top politician has said that Russia may raise the maximum age restriction for civilians to be conscripted into the armed services as soon as this spring.

The present age range for necessary military duty in Russia is between 18 and 27 years old. In December, President Vladimir Putin extended his support to suggestions made by the Ministry of Defense to increase the age range for mandatory military service to encompass Russian nationals aged 21-30.

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Soon after Russia invaded Ukraine in February of last year, the involvement of conscripts in that country came under great scrutiny. The Russian defense ministry acknowledged that some conscripts had been deployed to fight in that country, despite assertions from Putin that this would not happen.

Russia made its first mobilization announcement since World War II in September, when it called up more than 300,000 former soldiers, including ex-conscripts, in an emergency draft to assist the conflict in Ukraine. This was Russia's first mobilization since World War II. In the roughly 11 months of the war, western nations claim that Russia has lost tens of thousands of troops.

According to reports from the Moscow Times, the Russian Ministry of Defense has reportedly proposed increasing the size of the permanent army to 1.5 million personnel.

But regardless of the precise number, there is no question among military observers that Russian troops are suffering devastating fatalities.

There have been growing rumors from both sides of the front lines suggesting that Prigozhin has been exploiting his recruits without any concern for their durability. In some respects, the high Wagner toll isn't unexpected because of these accusations. Recently, an American volunteer who asked to remain anonymous told Politico that he was amazed at how Wagner commanders were just hurling their men at Ukrainian positions, only to have them gunned down for little gain.

In accordance with Putin's assertion that the conflict is being fought to "de-Nazify" Ukraine, propagandists working for the Kremlin have attempted to make the phrase "We can do it again" as well-known as possible.

Concurrently, there are indications that local recruiting centers are getting ready for another wave of draftees and preparing for the current wave.

Some dual-citizen Central Asian employees — those possessing Russian passports and who are eligible for conscription — have reportedly been blocked from leaving the country in response to rumors of a new partial mobilization. A Kyrgyz man informed Radio Free Europe that Russian border guards prevented him from entering Kazakhstan on his way to Kyrgyzstan. "Polite Russian border guards informed me, 'You are on a mobilization list, this is the law, and you have no right to leave,'" he stated.

Ukraine asserts that Moscow's efforts to mobilize its forces have not yet ended. According to a report from the Kyiv Independent, the nation's military intelligence agency indicated that it looked like Russia's Federal Security Service had prevented any possible conscripts from leaving the country as of Monday. However, according to the Russian official news agency RIA Novosti, the spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, has rejected the allegation.

According to a report from the Ukrainian Center of National Resistance, Russia is sending drug addicts to war in an attempt to reach its mobilization quota. The allegation was based on information provided by the Ukrainian Center of National Resistance.

According to a report from the Center, "the information regarding the enormous recruitment of drug users was corroborated by one of the Russian troops who surrendered to the Resistance Movement." "He claims that he was never cured of his addiction and continued taking narcotics even when he was fighting in Zaporizhzhia. The guy used the medications he was carrying as a kind of medicine.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces compiled a study with almost identical findings.

"There is a big number of persons with drug and alcohol addiction among the previously recruited soldiers," the General Staff stated. "Among the already recruited personnel."

Putin is getting ready for a surge of mobilization right now.

According to the intelligence gathered by the Ukrainian military, Russian President Vladimir Putin is getting ready to order a second wave of Russian mobilization, which will include the forced recruitment of drug addicts, convicted criminals, and people who have not yet become citizens of the country. The qualifying conditions are being made more stringent as an additional component of this recruiting approach.

In September of 2022, the Russian Armed Forces had a total manpower strength of around 1.35 million people. Intelligence authorities from Ukraine anticipate that Russia will "in the coming days" announce a plan to deploy an extra 500,000 troops in preparation for the conflict.

Officials from the intelligence community confirmed that Russia is making "active preparations" for the declaration of the next phase of mobilization. At the level of the legislative branch, changes are being made to the laws of the Russian Federation that regulate mobilization. Additionally, the preparation of training facilities on an active basis is now taking place.

The newly announced federal restriction against groupings of 20 or more individuals is an example of the Kremlin's legislative preparations for mobilization. The law's intended purpose is to prevent rallies against draft registration. To keep an eye on densely packed meeting locations, the Kremlin has organized "volunteer patrols" consisting of three to five persons each.

The Ukrainian intelligence agency authorities indicated that this personnel's mission is to "avoid a potential congestion of people in order to prevent any protest activities." "Any gathering that has more than 20 individuals is to be regarded as suspicious,'" the orders that were received said.

Those who agree to complete their sentences in exchange for the expungement of their criminal records

The Kremlin has woven leniency into long-standing law to pressure citizens to enroll in the military. As they did during the first wave of mobilization, the military leadership has been looking for ex-cons who are eager to serve in the armed forces. In return for three months of community service, they will expunge the criminal records of minor offenders; in exchange for six months of service, they will expunge the criminal records of repeat offenders and major criminals.

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According to the Institute for the Study of War, a think tank, on January 13, the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (UK MoD) reported that Russian officials plan to use convict labor to address increased wartime production demands and labor shortages. The think tank warned about the Kremlin's potential to mobilize a large portion of the 400,000 inmates under its control.

Recruiters for the Russian military have even started to give migrants Russian citizenship in return for joining the military. Men of draftable age who submit an application to the appropriate authorities to get Russian citizenship are now given the option to sign a contract obligating them to do military service. Following that, the problem of getting citizenship will be handled independently," stated Ukrainian intelligence.

There is a possibility that Russia is keeping a large number of its deployed soldiers in reserve in preparation for a fresh attack to begin in the spring. The challenge for Russia is that a significant portion of these newly formed units has inadequate training, equipment, and resources. They are still capable of inflicting a great deal of damage, but it is doubtful whether or not they will be able to achieve real operational success over the long run.


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