Bankers, state media journalists banned from Russian mobilization campaign

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

Some Russian technology professionals, bankers and state media journalists will not be called upon to serve in Ukraine as part of the Russian mobilization campaign, the defense ministry said in a statement on Friday.

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

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The portion of the official decree announcing the mobilization, which included the number of people to be called up, was kept secret and not published, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

He on Thursday rejected a report by TAUT Novaya Gazeta newspaper, citing a government source, that said the Kremlin actually wants to recruit up to a million people for the campaign.

The Defense Ministry said some workers working in critical industries would be excluded from the draft in an effort to “ensure that the work of specific high-tech industries, as well as Russia’s financial system” is not affected by the initial military mobilization. of Russia since World War II.

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The exceptions apply to some IT workers, telecommunications workers, financial professionals, as well as some employees of “systems-relevant” mass media, the ministry said in a statement.

It said business leaders should prepare lists of their employees who meet the criteria and can be excluded from the draft.

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