so yeah so
Russia is mobilizing its reservists starting today. Sergey Shoigu, of MoD, said they're looking for 300k reservists, prioritizing those with military experience. The fact is: nothing in the declaration of mobilization makes it partial, limited, or focused. Primarily the focus will be on the poorer Asian-side regions of Russia, but that doesn't mean I'm 100% in the clear if Putin wants more fodder.
There is no clear answer to whether I, a man of conscription age, am allowed to leave the country currenty or whether I will be when the visa comes through. Officially, there is nothing to prevent me. Unofficially, plenty of young men on the social media report being unable to take a train or a plane and leave.
I'm not sure what's going to happen now. No sense to suspect the worst, given that I'm in Saint Petersburg: one of the centers where mobilization will happen last, to avoid a massive increase in unrest. But the uncertainty is a killer of its own kind.
I didn't think it would come to this. Spring of 2022 was full of rumors that all turned out to be empty. I expected it to be the same here, too.
There are protests against mobilization all across Russia. Me, I have to keep my head low and minimize being seen outside... much like the men of the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk.