Viktor Sobolev, a member of the State Duma Defense Committee, called the distribution of subpoenas to men near the metro in Moscow a provocation, but noted that the capital, at the same time, fulfilled the plan by 50%. He stated this in an interview with Rise:
“This should be distributed officially from the military registration and enlistment office to those people who served and have a military registration specialty. But Moscow, although it was given a meager plan, fulfilled [it] by 50%. This is how rotten she turned out to be. But it shouldn’t be like that, it’s as if they are doing it on purpose to sow panic. So many people have already left Moscow. Moscow is not the best in this respect. But no one should hand out summonses at the subway. How will they determine what kind of person it is? It's funny. This is some kind of provocation 100 percent. Of course, we will discuss the situation at the committee.”
Meanwhile, the Moscow military registration and enlistment office told RIA Novosti that there were no raids on conscripts in the city and residents were not handed summons at the metro. Earlier, HRC member Kirill Kabanov spoke about the raids in Moscow, and Senator Andrey Klishas demanded to check "every such signal." “No legal restrictions on the rights of citizens in the country have been introduced, all constitutional rights and guarantees, including freedom of movement, are in full force,” he assured.
“No delivery of subpoenas by the military commissariats of the city or police officers is carried out,” the military registration and enlistment office said. They also added that search activities are carried out regularly to catch "criminals", "at the same time, those who evade visiting the military registration and enlistment office after receiving a summons may also fall into the sphere of attention of law enforcement officers."
Meanwhile, videos and photos of raids on men of military age in Moscow and St. Petersburg are being published on social networks all day long. Read more about this in The Insider .