Some Russian technologists, bankers and journalists at state media outlets will not be called to Ukraine to serve in Russia’s planned deployment, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier this week Russia would seek to call up 300,000 more troops to Russia’s war in Ukraine in what the Kremlin calls “partial mobilization”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the part of the official decree announcing the dispatch including the number of people to be drafted was kept secret and not made public.
He denied a report by the independent Novaya Gazeta on Thursday, citing a government source, that said the Kremlin was indeed looking to recruit up to a million people for the campaign.
The Defense Ministry said some employees working in extremely important industries would be removed from the draft in order to “ensure the work of specific high-tech industries, as well as the Russian financial system”. unaffected by Russia’s first military deployment since World War II. .
The exception applies to certain IT staff, telecommunications staff, financial professionals, as well as certain employees at “systemically important” mass media facilities, the ministry said in a statement. declare.
It said heads of companies should make a list of their employees who meet the criteria and can be excluded from the draft.
(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)