Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of Russia's upper house, slams Putin's mobilisation fiasco

Valentina Matviyenko, the chairwoman of Russia's upper house, the Federation Council, and a key Putin Ally, said she was aware of reports of men who should be ineligible for the draft being called up.

"Such excesses are absolutely unacceptable. And, I consider it absolutely right that they are triggering a sharp reaction in society," she said in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

In a direct message to Russia's regional governors - who she said had "full responsibility" for implementing the call-up - she wrote: "Ensure the implementation of partial mobilisation is carried out in full and absolute compliance with the outlined criteria. Without a single mistake."

The warning comes after the editor of Russia's RT news channel voiced her concern about sending call-up papers to the wrong men.

“It has been announced that privates can be recruited up to the age of 35. Summonses are going to 40-year-olds,” the RT editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, railed on her Telegram channel.

“They’re infuriating people, as if on purpose, as if out of spite. As if they’d been sent by Kyiv.”


  • Russia's young men attempt to flee the country in droves to avoid Putin's "partial mobilisation"

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