The partial mobilization decree signed by Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin could actually have a wider scope than he announced in his speech. This was stated by several legal experts and political scientists for the CNN station on Thursday. Putin announced a partial mobilization on Wednesday morning. According to him, military service will apply only to “citizens who are currently in reserve, especially those who served in the armed forces, have certain military occupations and relevant experience”. However, the relevant decree signed by the head of the Kremlin mentions the term “partial mobilization” only in the first paragraph. In contrast to Putin’s speech, it states that conscription does not apply only to those who are not within the specified age range, or are ill or serving a prison sentence. Although the decree itself describes the mobilization as partial, according to Russian political scientist Ekaterina Šulmanová, it does not define any precise criteria. “The fact that partial mobilization applies only to citizens in reserve or those who have the necessary experience was only stated in the speech, not in the decree”. Russian lawyer Pavel Čikov, who focuses mainly on the field of human rights, declared on Telegram that “the decree allows mobilization in the broadest sense of the word”. “The decision is within the competence of the (Russian) Ministry of Defense, which will determine who will go to war, from where and in what number,” Čikov pointed out.
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