President Putin and his Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, in their appearances on Russian TV this morning, were very keen to stress that this mobilisation is strictly partial.
“Under no circumstances“ will students or conscripts be asked to serve, stressed Shoigu. Nonetheless, this announcement will make Russians very nervous.
The shock news that mobilisation will begin immediately, today, means that many Russians, especially young professionals, will be considering leaving the country as soon as possible.
The Russian stock market took a sharp downturn at the news, and there are reports of increases in sales of plane tickets in order to leave the country.