A student at a local university in Buryatia’s capital, Ulan-Ude, told the Village media outlet that police officers showed up at the university this morning and “took the students straight out of their classes.”
The Buryat government confirmed reports that at least 11 schools in Ulan-Ude were closed on Thursday to be used as mobilization points, and school buses will now be used to send recruits.
The military commissars seem to be cleaning up Buryatia and even trying to include men who have been dead for a long time.
“Two women showed up at my brother’s address this morning and said they wanted to give him a draft,” Nataliya Vasiljeva from Ulan-Ude told the Telegraph, adding that her late brother had been excused from the army due to ill health. .
Several of her colleagues and friends also received conscription orders:
“Some got visits at 4 o’clock, some at 6 o’clock in the morning. They all went to the employment office.”
Meanwhile, top Russian officials and lawmakers have begun to feel the heat of criticism as they appear unwilling to go to war themselves or send their family members to Ukraine.
Nikolai Peskov, the 32-year-old son of President Putin’s spokesman, rejected suggestions that he would apply when a member of a Russian opposition group prank-called him on Wednesday.
“You have to understand that I shouldn’t be there if my name is Mr. Peskov,” the spokesman’s son told the activist, who posed as a military official and asked him to appear at the military commissar’s office.
“I will solve this problem at another level.”
When asked if he would enlist in the military, Peskov Jr. was heard to say, “Definitely not.”
Opposition activists released the full recording of the phone call, but his father, Dmitry Peskov, insisted the remarks were taken out of context and that he had “no doubts” about his son’s “choice”.