- Local Russian leaders have written a letter to President Vladimir Putin, urging him to end the mobilization of reservists.
- They said the possibility of a second draft is creating “increased anxiety” among their constituents.
- Officials said the project was “complete”, but the letter asks Putin to codify it with a decree.
Russia’s regional leaders have written to President Vladimir Putin urging him to declare an end to his mobilization for war in Ukraine, amid rumors that the Kremlin may call up even more reservists.
Emilia Slabunova, a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Karelia, posted the letter on her Telegram channel on Tuesday. The letter was also signed by his colleague Inna Boluchevskaya. Both are deputies of the liberal Yabloko political party – which opposes the war in Ukraine – in the Karelia region in northwestern Russia.
Slabunova wrote on his Telegram channel that the Russian Defense Ministry said the mobilization was “complete”, but he issued no legal guarantees that the calls would not happen again.
She called on Putin to issue an executive order officially declaring the mobilization over – just as he announced an executive order to issue the call to arms on September 21.
The absence of such a decree “affects the psychological state of society” and is a source of “increased anxiety” among Russian families, Slabunova wrote, adding that some of her constituents were suffering from health problems due to the stress.
Slabunova and Boluchevskaya said in the letter that they had received calls from residents of Karelia who feared the mobilization would continue despite government statements.
Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told Russian news wire RIA Novosti on Wednesday that he had not seen the deputies’ letter.
The Russian government’s press service did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Slabunova’s letter comes as chatter has intensified that Russia may be planning another project, after the 300,000 recruits it sent to Ukraine were demoralized and suffered heavy casualties.
Pro-Kremlin military bloggers in Russia have been circulating claims that another mobilization will take place in December 2022 or January 2023, according to the War Institute.
Russian telegram channels also discussed an image of a draft summons received by a St. Petersburg resident, who was told to report for mobilization in January 2023, according to Friday’s assessment of the institute.
Russian news agency TASS reported that a mobilized soldier was brought to trial for assaulting a commander on November 13, which “indicates that the court is operating on the legal basis that the mobilization is still ongoing”. writes the institute.
“Another wave of mobilization in the coming months will only worsen the situation and will probably downgrade the overall quality of Russian troops that will be directed to the front line in Ukraine,” the institute added.
Meanwhile, Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, accused Russia prepare for the recruitment of 500,000 to 700,000 new reservists in January. The insider could not independently verify the authenticity of Gerashchenko’s claim.
Ukrainian Forces General Staff also claimed that Russia continues to mobilize troops in occupied Crimea, according to Ukrainian media The Kyiv Independent reported on Tuesday.