Thousands of men fled the country as reservists were called up for the war in Ukraine. The exodus is also considered a danger for the Russian economy. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called for adequate information. “It’s kind of understandable that in the first few hours after the announcement and even on the first day, there was a hysterical, extremely emotional reaction because there was in fact insufficient information,” said Peskow. In the meantime, however, there are also hotlines to clarify questions over the phone.
Following the order of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin for partial mobilization for the war in Ukraine the leadership in Moscow laments “hysteria” in the country. At the same time, it excludes reservists with certain professions from forced recruitment. For example, IT specialists, experts for securing the financial system or employees of the mass media who belong to the “system-preserving” professions would not be drafted, the Defense Ministry in Moscow announced.