For the first time, Russian military registration and enlistment offices will begin sending out subpoenas electronically as part of the 2023 spring draft campaign. This was announced by the representative of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces Vladimir Tsimlyansky during a briefing, the video was published on the Telegram channel of the Russian Defense Ministry.
“Employees of the military commissariats have been tasked with notifying citizens electronically in preparation for the spring conscription campaign, which begins on April 1. At the same time, in the absence of technical feasibility, notification will be carried out by serving subpoenas.
To this end, on the eve of the call-up, the Ministry of Defense held "events for the initial registration of citizens for military registration", a single database was formed. According to Tsimlyansky, more than 700,000 people aged 18 to 27 were registered. At the same time, he noted that there would be no mobilization.
“I want to assure you all that there is no second wave of mobilization in the plans of the General Staff. Those who have already been called up for military service, as well as citizens who have voluntarily expressed a desire to participate in the operation, are quite enough to fulfill the assigned tasks.
On March 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on spring conscription for military service from April 1 to July 15. It is planned to send 147 thousand people - 12.5 thousand more than in the spring draft of 2022.
In March, several regions began distributing subpoenas “to clarify military registration specialties and streamline documents,” including the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, Voronezh, Lipetsk, Yaroslavl and Penza regions. According to the head of the Agora human rights organization Pavel Chikov, in fact, such summonses are already being distributed in 43 regions of Russia.
Earlier, British military intelligence analysts drew attention to Russian media reports, from which it follows that the authorities are preparing to recruit an additional 400,000 troops. At the same time, the Russian Federation presents the campaign as a voluntary recruitment of professional personnel, and not as a new wave of mobilization. However, it is likely that in practice the regional authorities will try to enforce the recruitment quota through coercion.