Russia says it is exempting some bankers, IT staff and journalists from enlisting to serve in Ukraine under “Partial Mobilization” announced by President Vladimir Putin, as a man escape landed across the border to avoid enlistment.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday said Russia would seek to call up 300,000 more troops to support its troops in Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday announced that a number of employees working in extremely important industries will be removed from the draft to “ensure the work of specific high-tech industries, as well as the financial system”. main Russia”.
Exceptions apply to certain IT, telecommunications, and financial professionals, as well as certain employees at “systemically important” mass media facilities and sub-vendors interdependence, including registered media and broadcasters.
Russia classifies large employers and core companies in industries as “systemically important” if they meet certain thresholds in terms of number of employees, revenue or tax payments annual.
This classification allows companies to receive special benefits from the Kremlin such as government-backed loans, bailouts and state investments, seen most recently during the COVID-19 pandemic- 19.
Among the media classified as such were previously many state-run television channels, radio stations, news agencies and newspapers, as well as several private Russian media outlets.
The Defense Department said heads of companies should make a list of their employees who meet the criteria and could be removed from the draft.
Russia’s central bank welcomed the move to exclude some of the convened financial experts and said some of its staff met the relevant criteria.
“Employees working in key sectors will remain in their positions so that the financial system can continue to function smoothly, people can receive their salaries, pensions and social benefits on time, card payments and job transfers and possibly issuing new loans,” the central bank said in a statement.
Running away from duty
Putin’s order to mobilize after weeks of speculation about how Russia would respond to a conflict is now in its eighth month, in which Kyiv and the West say Russia has suffered tens of thousands of casualties.
An independent Russian monitoring group, OVD-Info, reports that men detained during statewide anti-war rallies that followed the mobilization announcement were handed draft paper while in custody. at at least 15 Moscow police departments.
A day before the Kremlin’s announcement, Russia’s parliament passed a bill to impose tough sanctions on those who refuse a military summons or desert.
The bill, which has yet to be signed into law, would impose prison sentences of five to 15 years.
Traffic into Finland across the border with Russia remained heavy on Friday.
About 7,000 people crossed the border from Russia into Finland on Thursday, about 6,000 of them Russians, a 107% increase from the same day a week earlier, border agents told Reuters news agency. .
At Vaalimaa, the busiest intersection, cars queued up to 400 meters long, the queue was longer on Thursday, a border official said.
On Friday, Helsinki announced that it would “significantly restrict the entry of Russian nationals” in the “coming days” after seeing an influx of people over its eastern border.
Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told reporters: “Those who cross the border solely for the purpose of tourism will be barred from entering the country.
This applies to both Russians traveling on tourist visas issued by Finland and tourist visas issued by any other Schengen country, Haavisto said.
In justification, Finland cites “serious damage to its international standing”, in contrast to the Baltic states, which have seen travel from Russia as a security threat.
Latvia also has suggestions it will not provide asylum or refuge to people fleeing Russia.