Exceptions to Russia’s partial mobilization revealed — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Ministry of Defense says some skilled IT, media and finance workers will not be called up

Russia’s partial mobilization of military reservists will not apply to some skilled workers, the Defense Ministry said on Friday. Waivers will be granted to people with a post-secondary degree, who work in sectors of the economy such as information technology, telecommunications, media and finance, the statement said.

Organizations whose workers are qualified will have to send lists of their employees to the Russian general staff to ensure that they are not called up for service.

Russia’s draft rules provide service exemptions for certain able-bodied people, including those whose presence at home is necessary to help dependent family members and workers at strategically important organizations, such as defense manufacturers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization on Wednesday.

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The Ministry of Defense said it intended to draft 300,000 people into active duty, prioritizing those with combat experience and professions required for the military operation in Ukraine.

On Thursday, he reported that about 10,000 volunteers turned up at recruitment centers on the first day of the mobilization, even before the ministry fully launched the project.

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