Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech announcing the partial mobilization drew a furious reaction across Russia. Prominent lawmakers and pundits have voiced their enthusiastic support on national television, but behind the hustle and bustle are real concerns already brewing.
Even the most dedicated pro-Kremlin propagandists cannot hide their concerns about the apparent shortcomings of the Russian economy and its military-industrial complex.on a national television program that aired on Wednesday 60 minuteseven the studio seemed in disarray, with a large pool of water clearly visible near a podium.
“The mobilization is the face of the nation,” senior military analyst Mikhail Khodarinok noted on the show. The face appears to be missing some teeth, with apparent problems related to the lack of military equipment and technology being even the most fanatical of propagandists lamented. Khodaryonok noted: “An issue as important as others is the level of armament and equipment of these people…they deserve modern uniforms, modern equipment, rations, medical kits, items related to support and logistics, modern weapons…this is too It’s inappropriate.”
Military expert Igor Korotchenko declared during an appearance on the show that those lucky enough not to face mobilization should contribute in other ways.
“It is very important that the new military branch we are forming today gets the necessary equipment and weapons,” he stressed. “Since we are talking about the future of our country, it is imperative to integrate all available resources. Create a special military operation guarantee fund. Our socially responsible prominent oligarchs should share their profits so that our fighters on the front lines can be properly armed and equipment.”
Korochenko went on to say: “Everyone should play their part. We can’t let some people enjoy themselves in Rublevka [a prestigious residential area in the western suburbs of Moscow], while others are defending their homeland. Those who are financially fat need to share their resources so that we can provide our troops with everything they need. “
Yet Russian elites — including many senior pro-Kremlin propagandists — seem to prefer cheering on the sidelines than joining Russia’s brutal and bloody imperialist efforts.host 60 minutes Evgeny Popov pondered on the air if he would be mobilized, and there was no sign of him feeling particularly lucky on his face.
Dmitry Nizovtsev, host of the YouTube channel Popular Politics, run by supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, hoaxed Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov and son of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. Neither Nikolai Peskov nor Alexei Mishustin expressed any desire to fight on the front lines, and they both hurriedly ended the call. Fortunately, Russia’s wealthy and well-connected people don’t have to risk their lives in the service of their homeland.
Still, that hasn’t stopped many of these talkers from expressing their vehement oral Support the Kremlin’s new decision on millions of people across the country.
in another broadcast 60 minutes, Andrei Kartapolov, chairman of the State Duma’s defense committee, tried to convince the sullen panelists how lucky they were “to live in such good times” because Russia “is becoming the axis of the new world order.” “. Apparently not feeling lucky, Dmitry Abzalov, director of the Center for Strategic Communications, questioned the readiness of the Russian economy for what was to come.
“Obviously, part of the mobilization was announced because we couldn’t achieve our goals without it.“
In the hours before Putin’s announcement, Andrey Gurulyov, another member of the State Duma, was excited. “I know very well that today’s decision is the beginning of the end of Ukraine. That’s it, that country doesn’t exist anymore,” he said on the broadcast Vladimir Solovyov night. “Ukrainian history is coming to an end, maybe that’s a good thing.”
In the weeks leading up to the announcement, the Kremlin’s state television mouthpiece appeared to have been laying the groundwork for the mobilization.national television program 60 minutesAfter spending months mocking the Ukrainian army and mocking Western weapons, suddenly changed course, host Olga Skabeeva A surprise acknowledgment that the Ukrainian army is a “great” force and that NATO’s weapons are “extremely effective”.
appeared on Wednesday’s broadcast Vladimir Solovyov nightthe head of RT Margarita Simonyan conceded that Putin’s mobilization was a coercive measure, triggered by the military defeat of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine: “Am I happy that we announced a partial mobilization? No, I am not happy … Obviously, announcing a partial mobilization Mobilization because without it we cannot achieve our goals.”