Russia Secretly Mobilizing Military as Kremlin Fears Conscription Backlash

Authorities in Russia are engaged in a covert mobilization campaign, after speculation that President Vladimir Putin would use Victory Day celebrations last week to announce mass mobilization came to nothing.

The Russian leader did not, as had been anticipated, use the patriotic fervor of World War II celebrations on May 9 to declare war, which would give him the justification for widespread conscription to help shore up troop losses in his invasion of Ukraine.

By maintaining that the war is a “special military operation” in Kremlin parlance, Russia is not technically at war and so volunteer…

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