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Reportedly, Russia is preparing for a new wave of mobilization and taking measures to ensure that full-time students in higher education institutions can be quickly and efficiently called up for military service if necessary. According to the press service of Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence, the Russian Federation is actively building up capabilities to enable the mass mobilization of students from higher education institutions.
Military enlistment offices are setting up “notification stations” to deliver enlistment notices to full-time students.The leadership of Novosibirsk State Pedagogical, Tomsk Polytechnic, and Tomsk State Pedagogical Universities have issued documents obliging the departments of the institutions to allocate a certain number of students and employees to work at these stations. The stations are being managed by representatives of the top management of these educational institutions.
The mobilization is not limited to those officially subject to it, as it is planned to involve citizens who are not legally required to participate. In some cases, inclusion in the stations is taking place without the consent or even prior information of the designated students and staff.
The Defence Intelligence of Ukraine notes that Russia doesn’t need any additional legal grounds for the next wave of mobilization as the “partial mobilization” declared in September 2022 has not officially concluded yet. They anticipate that Russia will execute the mobilization before April 1, which is the start of the spring conscription, but they may delay it if required.
On January 18th
Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence reported that Russia was preparing for a new wave of mobilization, with a particular focus on Moscow residents. This report suggests that the mobilization effort extends beyond higher education institutions and may involve a larger segment of the population. Notably, the report indicates that the mobilization effort is not yet complete, with no need for additional legal grounds to proceed with the next wave of mobilization.
The Defense Intelligence
Also discovered the establishment of “notification stations” to assist military enlistment offices in delivering enlistment notices to full-time students, with the leadership of several universities obliging departments to allocate a certain number of students and employees to work at these stations. The mobilization effort may also involve citizens who are not officially subject to mobilization. At Tomsk Polytechnic University, inclusion in these “stations” occurs without the consent or prior information of the designated students and staff. It is likely that educational institutions’ top management will appoint representatives to manage these “stations”. The gathered intelligence suggests that Russia is likely to carry out mobilization before the start of spring conscription on April 1, and if needed, authorities may decide to postpone the draft.