Russian President Vladimir Putin has consulted with lawyers in regards to the presidential decree on the end of mobilisation in the country and there is no need for such a document, the Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov claims.
“Referring to whether there’s a need for a decree after the ultimate statement of the Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on the end of partial mobilisation. The president said that he would consult with lawyers, jurists. Here’s the information: there is no need for such a decree,” state-owned news agency TASS quotes Peskov’s words.
According to the Kremlin spokesperson, the initial mobilisation decree indicated a certain number of draftees needed — up to 300,000 people, and that target has been fulfilled. “Thereby, that’s it. Partial mobilisation is over,” Peskov claims.
He also promised that there would not be a new mobilisation wave announced based on the initial presidential decree.
According to jurist and human rights defender Pavel Chikov, the end of mobilisation is not stipulated in any way by law, unlike martial law, the introduction and cancellation of which are stipulated. The president’s decree on the “partial” mobilisation does not indicate from what moment or event it stops being enforced, however, the decree includes the term “until the end of the partial mobilisation period” which indicates that this end should come to pass, one way or another, Chikov notes.
However, an official end to mobilisation would make it impossible for the government to announce new waves of mobilisation without a new decree, Chikov concludes.
Today, Russia’s Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu reported that 87,000 draftees out of the mobilised 300,000 had already been deployed to the combat zone.
Yesterday, 31 October, Putin promised to consult lawyers about whether there was a need for a decree on the end of mobilisation. “To be honest, I have not thought about this. I will talk to the lawyers, whether we need to announce via a decree that the mobilisation is over. But it is over,” Putin said. Russian senator, chair of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Construction Andrey Klishas later also claimed that “no additional decrees on the end of mobilisation” were needed.
On 28 October, Shoigu briefed Putin on the end of “partial” mobilisation in Russia. According to Shoigu, “the target quota of 300,000 people has been reached; no other mobilisation targets are planned”. On 31 October, Russia’s General Staff of the Armed Forces sent out instructions to the commanders of military districts and the commander of the North Fleet to report the completion of “partial mobilisation” activities before 1 November.