Russian authorities step up police presence amid growing unrest – Kyiv

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Russian authorities are stepping up police presence in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai amid growing unrest over the war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said on Friday.

As part of its daily operational update on Facebook, the General Staff said officials in the region have been forced to introduce additional security measures and beef up its police force.

In the city of Vladivostok, authorities are preparing for possible anti-war protests, according to the update.

Local residents “express their dissatisfaction with the previous mobilization measures and the significant losses of representatives of the region in the war in Ukraine”, the General Staff said.

A policeman is seen at the edge of Red Square in Moscow September 29, 2022. Russian officials are stepping up police presence in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai amid growing war-related unrest, the General Staff said General of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
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The reports come weeks after hundreds of Russian citizens were wrongly recruited under Putin’s partial mobilization decree in the region.

The region’s governor, Oleg Kozhemyako, said in October that hundreds of men had been conscripted despite their ineligibility, with around 600 mobilized residents of the region sent home due to health problems or because they were older. of four minor children.

He said many did not notify military registration and enlistment offices of illnesses or changes in their family circumstances, and so were called up.

Kozhemyako added at the time that 7,400 mobilized men from the region were undergoing training before being deployed to Ukraine.

Putin’s conscription order supposedly applies to reservists and ex-military personnel with “certain military specialties and relevant experience”. However, there have been several reports where men were sent into combat despite not meeting the criteria established by the Russian Defense Ministry.

Putin himself was forced to admit that “mistakes” were made during the initial mobilization efforts.

Security measures have been tightened across Russia amid a spike in attacks on military registration and enlistment offices.

State Duma Deputy Alexander Khinshtein announced on October 15 that the Russian National Guard had been deployed due to the increasing number of incidents in a number of cities, including Moscow.

“In connection with the increase in attacks on military registration and enlistment offices, the Russian Guard has taken measures to protect them,” Khinshtein wrote on his Telegram channel.

Khinshtein said authorities arrested those who targeted enlistment offices, “for example, trying to throw a Molotov cocktail,” he said.

There were attacks across the country, including in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Ivanovo, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhnevartovsk, Ryazan, Sverdlovsk and Voronezh.

Government offices were also set on fire with Molotov cocktails in Togliatti, a city on the Volga in western Russia, in Lomonosov, which is part of Saint Petersburg and in the town of Gai, in the Russian region of Orenburg.

Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.

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