Moscow, 22 September 2022 (dpa/MIA) — Russia’s parliamentary leader Vyacheslav Volodin has called on State Duma deputies to participate in the war in Ukraine following the order for partial mobilization.
“Those who meet the requirements of partial mobilization should help with their participation in the special military operation,” the Duma chief announced on his Telegram channel on Thursday. “There is no protection for the deputies.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered the partial mobilization on Wednesday in which 300,000 reservists with combat experience are to be called up.
The head of parliament was reacting to the view, which is not uncommon in parliamentary circles, that Putin’s call for national defense does not apply to them.
One lawmaker, for instance, said that he was needed in the country. At the same time, Volodin praised the fact that there were parliamentarians who were already deployed in the occupied Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. According to him, only reservists with combat experience and special military training are called up.
Putin’s confidant also acknowledged that “questions arise that worry [Russian] citizens” following street protests and reports of a mass exodus of young Russians from the country.
Volodin said Russian troops in Ukraine today are also fighting “NATO forces.”
“In Ukraine there are NATO trainers, mercenaries from NATO countries, NATO technology, weapons and ammunition,” he said. There are 1,000 kilometers of front line to defend, he added.