Who is being drafted in Russia's partial mobilization?

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Short answer:
  • According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, 300,000 men will be mobilized.
  • The media has reported that between 1,000,000 and 1,200,000 people could be mobilized, the majority from rural areas, but the Russian government has denied this.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

On September 21, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "partial mobilization" of the country, signing decree 647. Protests followed around the country. In Moscow, at least 537 were arrested.[1]

Shoigu says that 300,000 in reserve will be mobilized[edit]

According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, 300,000 men of country's reserve will be mobilized[2].

Decree has a classified clause that contains the exact number[edit]

The decree signed by President Putin has a classified and hidden Clause 7, which according to Press Secrety Dmitry Peskov, contains the exact number of reservists that could be drafted.

Novaya Gazeta says 1 million; Meduza, 1.2 million[edit]

According to Novaya Gazeta, who cites a source in the presidential administration, "the figure was corrected several times, and in the end, they settled on 1 million."[3]

According to Meduza, citing a source close to a federal ministry, the actual number is 1.2 million. Only 16 thousand would come from the capital, and the majority would come from rural areas, where "there’s no media, no opposition, and more support".

Dmitry Peskov has denied both reports.[4]


  1. "No to mobilization Russians take to the streets countrywide after Putin announces call-up". Meduza. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
  2. "Что получит и что потеряет Путин от объявленной им мобилизации". BBC News Русская служба (in Russian). 2022-09-21. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
  3. "Новая газета. Европа". Новая газета. Европа. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
  4. "Russia to conscript 1.2 million people". Meduza. Retrieved 2022-09-27.