Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refuted the report of Novaya Gazeta. Europe which said that the hidden article of Russia’s mobilisation order allows the Defence Ministry to draft up to one million reservists into the army. His response was published by state news agency RIA Novosti.
A source in the Kremlin earlier relayed this information to Novaya Gazeta. Europe.
“They changed the number several times, and finally stopped at one million,” the source clarified.
Yesterday, the official legal information portal published a scan of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order that declared a “partial mobilisation” in Russia. Article seven was marked “for internal use only”. Later, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the hidden article included the number of Russian citizens that would be drafted into the army.
“The only thing I can say is that [Russian Defence Minister] Sergei Shoigu said in his interview: 300,000 people. The article mentions the number of up to 300,000 people,” he explained.