Kremlin denies second mobilization as military offices ‘clarify’ data of men eligible for conscription

The Kremlin on Wednesday denied that Russia was considering a second round of military mobilization for the war in Ukraine as military offices in a number of regions began asking reservists to “clarify” their personal details.

military stations in Voronezh And Lipetsk the regions announced that they would send summonses to men eligible for the project to update their military registration data.

“The authorities of the country and the Ministry of Defense have made it their task to keep the military archives in digital format…we are calling the citizens of our region who are registered with the army in order to clarify their personal data”, said Valery Gerasimenko, the Lipetsk region army. commissioner, noting that there was “no mobilization activity”.

Asked about the summons by reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “This is common practice. All data should be clarified and updated.

However, Russian enlistment offices reportedly offered people to go and fight in Ukraine during these checks, according to the independent news site Verstka. saidciting military sources from the Voronezh region and the Siberian Federal District.

Last month, independent journalists Farida Rustamova and Maksim Tovkailo reported that the Russian authorities have created a digital database of citizens eligible to be drafted into the army.

The database would include personal data collected from the Central Election Commission, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Health, the Federal Tax Service and others.

Although the database should not be launched before 2024, a test version is already ready and could be used in the event of a second mobilization campaign, according to the report.

It will likely serve as a powerful tool for recruiters across the country if the Kremlin announces a new campaign plan, Rustamova and Tovkailo said.

The announcement by President Vladimir Putin in September of a “partial” mobilization of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine triggered widespread panic and the departure of tens of thousands of Russian men abroad.

Observers believe Moscow could pursue a second mobilization as it continues to face high battlefield casualties, despite repeated denials from the Kremlin that it was considering doing so.

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