Some Russian technology professionals, bankers and journalists will not be called to serve in Ukraine as part of Russia’s mobilization campaign on state media outlets, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier this week that Russia wanted to call in 300,000 additional troops for Russia’s war in Ukraine, which the Kremlin called “partial mobilization”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the mobilization was announced in the section of the official decree, in which the number of people who drafted was kept classified and unpublished.
He dismissed a report by the independent Novaya Gazeta paper on Thursday, citing a government source that said the Kremlin actually wants to recruit a million people for the campaign.
The Defense Ministry said that some employees working in critically important industries would be excluded from the draft to “ensure the work of specific hi-tech industries as well as Russia’s financial system”, which is the second Unaffected by Russia’s first military mobilization since World War I. ,
The exceptions apply to certain IT employees, telecom workers, finance professionals as well as certain employees of “systemically important” mass media outlets, the ministry said in a statement.
It said the heads of companies should prepare a list of their employees who meet the criteria and can be excluded from the draft.
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