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Russia vows to right wrongs after elderly and sick mobilized

On Sunday, Russian officials pledged to correct mistakes in the call-up of troops to Ukraine after public outrage over students, the elderly or the sick being wrongly ordered to appear.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilization on Wednesday, he said only those with “relevant” skills or military experience would be involved.

Authorities in the southwestern Russian region of Volgograd have sent a 63-year-old diabetic ex-military soldier to a training camp despite his poor health and brain problems.

In the same area, 58-year-old headmaster Alexander Faltin received a call-up order despite having no military experience.

He was allowed to go home after his documents were verified, according to the RIA.

Senate Speaker Valentina Matviyenko called on all governors overseeing mobilization campaigns to avoid making mistakes, a rare admission on Sunday.

“Some people think it’s more important to turn in reports quickly[to their superiors]than to get this important job done right,” she added.

Northwestern Leningrad governor Alexander Drozdenko has instructed local district heads to “put residents’ complaints under individual control and deal with individual cases,” said his administration’s website Sunday. According to the statement of

Errors are depicted as isolated cases.

– “Losing trust” –

Russia on Saturday announced the replacement of the top general in charge of logistics, amid this mobilization move.

He mentioned some anomalies, such as the recruitment of 70 fathers from large families in Buryatia’s Far East and the recruitment of nurses and midwives without military skills.

Fadeev also criticized “handing out summonses at 2am as if we were draft evaders.”

On Saturday, Putin signed a decree confirming that students of secondary vocational and higher education institutions are exempt from mobilization.

But the Kremlin on Thursday defended the procedure, saying it was “not against the law.”

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