Partial mobilization in Russia - how the Russian people feel about it...
Partial mobilization in Russia - how the Russian people feel about it...

Walking through the streets of any city of the Russian Federation it is evident that the number of citizens usually caught on the road has decreased by many times, and those who are caught discussing only one topic and not with happy faces at all. Many are simply afraid to go out on the street, lest they receive a summons. Everything is clear and there is no intrigue – the decree on partial mobilization in the country signed on September 21, 2022 is to blame for everything. It has now become a serious concern to almost everyone.

All the people living in the country are divided into several groups, related naturally to the attitude to this issue. The age group of the inhabitants of the country, which has been fully informed by the mass media, unequivocally supports the decision of the country’s leadership represented by the Defence Ministry and the President. The main “villain” for them is, naturally, the West with all its leaders. Nothing surprising, especially taking into account that this age category is not subject to call-up. Also, the citizens, whose relatives are already on the line of military contact, may be referred to this category. The latter perceive the partial mobilization as physical assistance to their relatives and the actual rescue of the soldiers already involved in the conflict.

As for the younger generation, often more versatile in knowing the information from closed TV channels and video-hosting, and most importantly, those subject to conscription, the mobilization was perceived most negatively. Television will not talk about it, but the country was covered by spontaneous rallies and protests. Everything is connected with the unwillingness to die on the enemy’s field, not fully understanding what it is all about and perceiving what is happening as political games aimed at making money from the military industry. Many people directly link such military conflicts to the desire to exterminate the world’s population.

In principle, similarly to how they treat the COVID-19 virus, which recently ravaged the world, which by the way everyone has long forgotten about, it is not so terrible anymore, compared to the real war. By the way, before the mobilization, everyone perceived this military special operation, which had been going on since February, as something not concerning them: as a scary movie or shooting at virtual shooting range.

Indeed, for six months people have already grown tired of worrying and have simply let the situation go. And in principle, people have long been accustomed to the fact that something happens in the world all the time: either war, or catastrophes, or a previously unseen disease. A large number of this group of people in our country are hurriedly leaving our homeland. “Rivers of people” have poured into the territories of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey…

There is also a part of the population, which is confused and has not been able to decide for itself what to do. Somebody is waiting for the enemy to attack the Russian Federation, to give himself a clear answer to the question “Why go there?” because in this case, it would be to defend the homeland. Someone expects and believes that this will soon end without escalating into an open conflict on a world scale, but after all, this war is already being attributed to the beginning of World War III.

Be that as it may, trains of buses are already taking the entire country’s mobilized body of Russian citizens to places of retraining, and judging by the videos on YouTube, there is “no traction” there at all. It’s a pity that civilians are dragged into this conflict without even wanting to be involved.

We can only wait in silence until the politicians at the top finish their political friction and peace returns to the land.