Young Russians report how the mood is changing



Police officers arrest a protester during a rally against partial mobilization

The Russian state is conscripting young people in Russia to serve as soldiers in Ukraine.

(Photo: IMAGO/ITAR-TASS)

On Wednesday morning, shortly after the televised address Wladimir Putins, many Russians panicked. Because of the President announced partial mobilization increased both the demand for tickets for visa-free countries and the Google-Search for "conscientious objector" jumped up.

The Kremlin promised that the first round would only affect those who have already served or who have been trained at men's military departments with particularly valuable specializations for the army. Apparently very few people believe that. In reality, there is no framework for group affiliation in the presidential decree — and indeed almost anyone can be drafted.

How will the general public react to this? We've collected initial reactions from Russians who will be directly affected - men of potential draft age. Individual respondents asked not to be quoted with their real name and age. For fear of consequences.

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