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Kremlin says partial call-up in Russia completed, decree still valid for other purposes

"We have some work to do in this sphere," Dmitry Peskov said having refused to dwell on details of the classified provision on the Russian president’s decree on the partial mobilization

MOSCOW, January 23. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree on the nationwide partial mobilization is still in effect because it stipulates not only a required number of reservists during the call-up stage, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"The call-up stage within the partial mobilization was conducted until the required number [of reservists] was drafted…, and this objective was achieved, meaning that the call-up of citizens was halted, that is, completed," he said in response to a question during his news briefing on why the presidential decree on the countrywide partial mobilization was still in force.

However, Peskov continued, "besides the call-up of citizens for military service, the partial mobilization included other measures as well, which are necessary to meet the objectives of the armed forces. It all concerns the implementation of duties of military servicemen," as well as the implementation of a classified provision of the decree on the partial mobilization and so forth.

"We have some work to do in this sphere," Peskov added having refused to dwell on details of the classified provision on the Russian president’s decree on the partial mobilization.

Artur Gaiduk, a lawmaker with the Pskov Region’s Council, earlier turned to the Russian Presidential Administration and then published a response claiming that the presidential order on the partial mobilization was still in force although it should have ended on October 28, 2022.

Addressing a news briefing last Friday regarding the presidential decree of the partial mobilization, Peskov said: "The most important thing is that I call on you once again to be guided by the relevant statements made by President Putin."

On September 21, 2022, President Vladimir Putin declared a partial mobilization throughout Russia. Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu clarified that 300,000 reservists would be called up, who would undergo training before being sent to the special military operation zone.

The partial mobilization would not involve students and conscripts. Only citizens who had prior combat experience and military specializations needed for the operation would be mobilized. The defense chief emphasized that the call-up was carried out first and foremost for control over the territories liberated during the special military operation.

On October 28, 2022, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reported to President Putin that the partial mobilization campaign, which had kicked off on September 21, 2022, was over. According to Shoigu, 300,000 people were called up and there are no plans for additional tasks in terms of the partial mobilization.