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In Russia, they have resumed distributing subpoenas to military registration and enlistment offices. How do the authorities explain it?

Since March 13, military registration and enlistment offices in several Russian regions immediately began sending summonses to citizens liable for military service to “update the data” of military records. At the same time, social media users are actively discussing the possibility of a second wave of mobilization, and the activation of military registration and enlistment offices is called its harbinger. The Kremlin and the State Duma deny these rumors, arguing that there is no cause for concern.

Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense Yuri Shvytkin in a conversation with RTVI explained that the agenda is the basis for arriving at the military commissariat, where they check the credentials of a citizen liable for military service, as well as the possibility of appointing a medical commission.

“But that does not mean that he will be immediately called up as a person mobilized for a special operation, etc. Summonses are the basis for verifying the data of a particular citizen. Notice must be given after the convocation. Depending on who received the summons, you have to look precisely. There are some nuances, that is, he (a citizen) can, as a conscript, receive a summons or, roughly, be subject to mobilization (fall) – this is important to discover. The father of three children can be a man of military age,” he explained.

On March 13, the authorities of the Tyumen region announced that they were preparing to conduct exercises, for this traders would receive subpoenas. “During the week, on the basis of TVVIKU (Tyumen Higher Military Engineering Command School), participants of the training camp will undergo public, shooting, tactical, tactical-special and military-medical training. After the end of the training camp, they go home, ”- reported at the regional government information center.

So far, nothing has been officially announced in the Sverdlovsk region, however, residents of the region told the E1solver portal that on March 13 they were summoned and ordered to report to the registry office and military enlistment. “Representatives from the military registration and enlistment office went home and delivered the summons. He says that on March 14 you need to come to clarify personal data, and on March 15 they will go to training camp. They said they would be sent to Yelan for a month,” – explain editorial contact.

The government of the Voronezh region announced the distribution of subpoenas by the military registration and enlistment office on March 14. “We would like to emphasize that the sole purpose of these events is exclusively to update military registration data in Voronezh military registration and enlistment offices. Summonses will be served primarily at the place of residence of citizens and their work,” the regional authorities noted.

Lipetsk authorities March 15 declaredthat in the region, as well as throughout Russia, military registration and enlistment offices are digitizing the database, under which some citizens will receive subpoenas in the near future. The regional government added that the need for this procedure arose after errors were identified during the partial mobilization.

“We <…> call on citizens who are registered with the army to clarify their personal data, family composition, health status, level of education and all factors that happened to citizens after returning from service in the forces armies. No mobilization measures are taken in the Lipetsk region, we are not calling anyone for mobilization”, explained in turn Valery Gerasimenko, military commissioner of the Lipetsk region.

On March 15, residents of the Penza area also began sending summons about the need to report to military registration and enlistment offices. By information the regional commissariat, this is due to the clarification of the personal data of those liable for military service by organizing a six-day training camp.

“Since September, after the mobilization, there have been summonses to clarify personal data, because some of our fellow citizens are very irresponsible. They do not represent changes in personal data, although this is the responsibility of each citizen. <…> So, after the mobilization, everything continued,” said Andrey Surkov, military commissar of the Penza region, told online publication PenzaInform.

The Kremlin, in turn, called it “standard practice” for military registration and enlistment offices to issue subpoenas to regions.

“There are no discussions about a new wave of mobilization in the Kremlin. Issuing subpoenas to citizens to clarify data is common practice, such work is ongoing,” said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary to the Russian president.

By data the head of the human rights group Agora Pavel Chikov, summonses began to be sent to more than 30 regions. Attorney Remarksthat the military registration and enlistment office can summon a citizen if he does not report a change in his data.

According Art. 10 of the law on conscription and military service, a citizen is required to notify the military enlistment office within two weeks of a change in place of residence (or stay), marital status, education, place of work (study), or position (Section 10 of the Military Duty and Service Act). It is also the employer’s responsibility to keep them up to date.

At the same time, writes Chikov, citizens can call at the military registration and enlistment office to clarify data and during the selection period for military training.

“Military training is provided to prepare citizens who are in the reserve for military service. They are divided into training and testing. However, during training camps, they can change their military registration specialty (VUS) and military position. Thus, obtaining the rank of officer will increase the length of stay in the reserve, and changing SUVs, for example, will change the assignment of a serviceman in the event of a call for service. For example, a citizen who has not served in the army with SUV 999 (“Attempt restricted to military service, but has no military training”) will become a shooter (VUS 100),” he said. declared.

The lawyer added that military training is carried out only on the basis of a presidential decree. However, such a document has not been published, so it is currently illegal to call up reserve men for military training, explains the head of Agora*.

Chikov also noted that the last training camp took place in February 2022, but was quickly cancelled.

** In 2014, the human rights organization under the name Agora was registered in the register of non-profit foreign agents and in 2016 it was liquidated by a court decision. Currently, the Agora International Human Rights Group operates without constituting a legal entity.

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