Shortly after Putin signed the order, the governors of the regions of Russia affected by the order announced that there are currently no plans to enact similar restrictions contained in the order, which could be imposed in the annexed South and South. lined up to assure voters that they had the highest sex. Eastern Ukraine.
Chief among these voices was Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.
“We will take necessary measures to improve the security of civilian and critical facilities,” Sobyanin wrote on Telegram on Wednesday. “At the same time, it must be said that at the moment no measures have been introduced to limit the normal rhythm of urban life.”
Few people seem at ease in the capital.
Putin’s call-up to the army came as a shock to the city’s residents, who had been doing their best to keep their lives going for seven months. Tens of thousands of men are estimated to have fled the country from Moscow.
“You can believe or disbelieve politicians. They always do whatever they think is beneficial, and I don’t feel safe,” he told NBC News for fear of retaliation. “But even with martial law, I don’t think life in Moscow would change much. Even World War II never did!”
Pavel Chikov, a prominent Russian human rights lawyer, warned his followers on Telegram that the answer to whether wartime restrictions could be enforced across the country was “yes.”
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace analyst Andrei Kolesnikov says last month’s mobilization efforts show this.
“Moscow can be considered a special place,” says Kolesnikov.
In an article covering Putin’s presidential decree, Russian independent journalists Farida Rustamova and Maxim Tovkairo said the move was legally unprecedented in modern Russia, calling it a “relationship with Ukraine.” It radically expands the powers of the authorities in conditions of war and, in fact, introduces special rules of life throughout the country.”
Overall, the order, though vague and open-ended in many respects, gives the Russian military, security services and local authorities greater power to mobilize local populations and businesses to support “special military operations.” giving. It also laid the groundwork for raising the level of security in certain areas to full martial law at any time.
Beyond the four regions of Ukraine currently subject to martial law, six Russian regions bordering Ukraine are now subject to a “moderate response level”, as is Russia-controlled Crimea. It is This is essentially “soft” martial law, allowing regional governors to control movement within their territory and evacuate residents if necessary.
These areas have been subject to restrictions since the civil war began, but in recent weeks authorities have stepped up enforcement along the border. This was facilitated by Ukrainian strikes against buildings and infrastructure in internationally recognized Russian territories such as Belgorod. And last week, mobilized soldiers opened fire on their comrades at the Belgorod training ground.
The introduction of “soft” martial law in these areas suggests the Kremlin expects Belgorod and other districts to increasingly feel war. Not out of the question. Concerns about vandalism within Russia are also growing.
The third stage, “Increased readiness”, was applied to the rest of the western and southern administrative regions of Russia. These regions are not eligible for the Moderate Response stage. This includes Moscow, the country’s capital. The rest of the country is subject to a “baseline” readiness level that can increase security presence and restrictions.