“No protection for MPs”
The head of the Duma calls on politicians for military service
By ordering partial mobilization, Putin wants to compensate for Russian losses in Ukraine. The head of the Duma, Volodin, is now encouraging the deputies to take up arms as well. Some MPs are already deployed in Donbass, they claim.
The head of the Russian parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, after the order for partial mobilization, called on the members of the State Duma to participate in the war in Ukraine. “Anyone who meets the requirements of partial mobilization should help by participating in a military special operation,” the head of the Duma said on his Telegram news channel. “MPs have no protection.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization on Wednesday. 300,000 reservists with combat experience are to be called up. In this way, the head of the parliament reacted to the not entirely unique opinion in parliamentary circles that Putin’s call for national defense does not concern them. One MP said they needed him in the country. At the same time, Volodin appreciated that there are deputies who are already deployed in Donbass. According to him, only reservists with combat experience and special military training are conscripted.
Putin’s confidant also acknowledged that “problems are emerging that concern our citizens” following street protests and reports of a mass exodus of young Russians from the country. Volodin said Russian troops in Ukraine are also fighting “NATO forces” today. “There are NATO trainers, mercenaries from NATO countries, NATO equipment, weapons and ammunition in Ukraine,” he said. There, 1,000 kilometers of front line would have to be defended.
Due to high losses, Russia is facing significant personnel problems in Ukraine. The Kremlin has increasingly relied on volunteers in recent months. According to an analysis by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Russian armed forces are also recruiting prisoners, using elements of the Russian security services and covertly mobilizing men from the partially occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.