Measures for partial mobilization in St. Petersburg, as well as throughout the country, are accompanied by a number of problems. The main ones can be called too weak medical boards at military registration and enlistment offices, the draft of citizens who do not meet the criteria announced by the President of the Russian Federation. But if the Moscow authorities promptly respond to reports of incorrect conscription, patiently explaining all the difficult points, St. Petersburg residents have to seek out information on their own, as well as independently seek legal exemption from mobilization in the event of a military registration and enlistment office’s mistake.
Governor Alexander Beglov back on September 21, he announced the creation of a headquarters for partial mobilization measures and headed it, but in fact his deputy, the vice-governor, was the first to enter into a dialogue with the city Kirill Polyakov, and performed extremely unsuccessfully. Having learned about the 48-year-old Petersburger, who was called up for service, despite the need to care for his disabled mother, Polyakov only dryly informedthat “not every case of caring for a person with a disability is the basis for obtaining a deferment from the army,” without trying to clarify the circumstances of a particular citizen who received the summons and consider his case.
Beglov himself practically does not comment on mobilization issues and does not broadcast on his own behalf any information that is significant for those subject to conscription and their families – for example, when visiting a mobilization point in the Admiralteysky district, he did not answer a single question about this. As a result, people receive information about the conditions of service, payments to those mobilized (the decision to allocate an additional allowance to those mobilized in St. Petersburg has been made, but the amount has not yet been specified), uniforms and other important things from other sources, which are also used by anti-Russian activists, supplying Petersburgers with fakes and “warming up” every case of an incorrect call.
Smolny is trying to correct the shortcomings of working with information – press service launched a chat bot on Telegram, inviting citizens to ask questions about mobilization (at the same time announcing that the city authorities are stepping up work to find draft evaders, which hardly calmed those who are worried about the erroneous agenda). The governor also urged people to write about cases of incorrect mobilization on his page on VKontakte. But remembering how Beglov’s page administrators ban him for every uncomfortable statement and on less painful issues, it is hardly possible to count on an honest discussion of the problems of partial mobilization and recognition of mistakes from the first person in St. Petersburg.