“They don’t want to die.” Nearly 335 thousand Russians signed a petition against Putin’s mobilization for war in Ukraine

The authors petitions write:

“On September 21, 2022, Vladimir Putin announced the start of partial mobilization throughout Russia. Only those citizens who are in the reserve and, above all, those who served in the armed forces and have certain military specialties, will be subject to conscription for military service.

We, the citizens of Russia, women and men, oppose general and partial mobilization. President Vladimir Putin has no legal grounds, weighted and well-reasoned reasons for announcing it, and cannot have any.

In the current situation of uncertainty, we are not ready to expose the men of our country – brothers, sons, husbands, fathers and grandfathers – to any moral, moral or physical danger.

This petition will be relevant during the entire duration of the Special Military Operation on the territory of Ukraine, until its completion.”

Due to the shortage of personnel of the Russian army for the war against Ukraine, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree on partial mobilization in Russia. Measures to implement the decree begin on September 21. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 300,000 reservists would be called up as part of a partial mobilization. According to him, the recruitment will not be carried out as part of a one-time action. Mobilization will affect 1.1% of the total mobilization resource.

As reported on September 20 The State Duma of the Russian Federation unanimously adopted in the second and third readings, a bill that introduces such concepts as “mobilization”, “martial law” and “wartime” into the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.


At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.

Center for Investigative Journalism maintains a daily chronicle Russia’s war against Ukraine on all platforms: YouTube, facebook, Telegram, Twitter

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