Thousands of budget workers and students were forcibly brought to the rally in support of Putin and the “referendums” organized by Moscow in the occupied territories of Ukraine.
In the video is the rally in Moscow. The publication NEXTA ironically wonders if “demonstrators will sign up to go to the front”.
Propaganda media say 50,000 people turned out for the pro-government rally in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin announced, on Wednesday morning, partial mobilization in Russia and threatened nuclear weapons again. At the same time, he said that “peaceful conditions for the organization of referendums” will be ensured in the occupied areas. The occupation administrations of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye have announced that they are holding referendums on joining Russia.
Popular consultations began on Friday, the day that marks seven months of war in Ukraine. They will end on September 27.
Moscow supports the initiative, but does not control any of these regions entirely and has suffered painful defeats on the battlefield in recent weeks.
After the Kremlin leader announced the partial mobilization, the price of plane tickets simply exploded, but even under these conditions, all available seats on foreign flights were sold out in just a few minutes, the Moscow Times reports. More and more Russians who can be incorporated want to leave the country.
The reservists may indeed be banned from leaving Russia, but only after receiving the subpoena, according to Meduza. Restrictions for people who are registered in the army are provided by Article 21 of the law on military training and mobilization, which prohibits “leaving the place of residence without the permission of local military commissariats”.
But the article has no mention of partial mobilization. The head of the State Duma Defense Committee, Andrei Kartapolov, has already said that he does not advise those subject to partial mobilization “to go to resorts in Turkey.”
Video source: NEXTA
Editor: Liviu Cojan