Bankers, state media journalists were excluded from Russia’s mobilization campaign

This would be Russia’s first military mobilization since World War II.

Some Russian technology specialists, bankers and state media journalists will not be invited to serve in Ukraine as part of Russia’s mobilization activities, the Ministry of Defense announced in a statement on Friday.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier this week that Russia is seeking to call up 300,000 additional troops for Russia’s war in Ukraine, which the Kremlin has called a “partial mobilization.”

The part of the official decree announcing the mobilization, which included the number of people to be called up for military service, was kept classified and not released, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

On Thursday, citing a government source, he rejected a report by independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta that the Kremlin actually wants to recruit up to a million people for the campaign.

According to the Ministry of Defense, some employees working in critical industries are excluded from the draft in order to ensure that Russia’s first military mobilization since World War II does not affect the work of specific high-tech industries or the Russian financial system. .

Exemptions apply to some IT workers, telecom workers, financial professionals and also some employees of “systemically important” mass media outlets, the ministry said in a statement.

It said business leaders should draw up lists of their employees who meet the criteria and may be exempt from the draft.

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