Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the creation of a working group that will ensure the interaction of authorities and organizations on issues of mobilization training and mobilization. Back in early November, Putin himself said that he would consult with lawyers about whether an official decree was needed to complete the mobilization, and assured that the mobilization was "definitely completed."
According to the new decree, the group will also deal with issues of social and legal protection of Russians participating in the "special operation" and their families. Andrei Turchak, Secretary of the General Council of United Russia, was appointed head of the group, and Nikolai Zhuravlev, Senator from the Kostroma Region, Deputy Sholban Kara-ool, a member of the Federation Council from Tyva, and Anna Kuznetsova, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, were appointed as deputies. The secretary of the group will be the director of the Roscosmos department, Alexander Zakharenko.
In addition to officials, the working group also included military propagandists who have been actively covering the “special operation” since February 24 and sometimes criticize the silence of the Ministry of Defense in the face of failures at the front and retreats of the Russian army, as well as problems with the supply of fighters. Among such participants is Mikhail Zvinchuk, a military Arabic translator and former press officer of the Ministry of Defense, The Bell in November named him the head of the Rybar Telegram channel, which now has more than 1.1 million subscribers. The founder of WarGonzo, Semyon Pegov, also joined the group; in November, Putin awarded him the Order of Courage. The working group also includes VGTRK military correspondents Alexander Sladkov and Yevgeny Poddubny, who cover the "special operation" and have an audience of about 900,000.
On October 28, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin that the “partial” mobilization activities had been completed. However, the decree on its completion was never signed. Peskov stated that it is necessary to focus on Shoigu's statement. Without signing a decree on the end of mobilization, it can be continued at any time. The end of mobilization is expected not only by the citizens of the Russian Federation, but also by some deputies. In early December, Moscow City Duma deputies Evgeny Stupin (KPRF), Maxim Kruglov (Yabloko) and Mikhail Timonov (Fair Russia) drew attention to the fact that the mobilization had not been officially completed, demanding that Putin issue a corresponding decree. But the Moscow City Duma refused to register the appeal.