The head of the upper house of the Russian parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, admitted to excesses during the mobilization in Russia. In her personal Telegram channel, she described handing summonses to people who do not meet the selection rules as “inadmissible”.
“We see that information “from the field” appears and is actively discussed in society and social networks about incorrect cases of mobilization of citizens who clearly do not fall under the selection rules announced earlier by the Russian military leadership. As if somewhere they admit, that it is more important to report quickly than to qualitatively fulfill an important state task. Such excesses are absolutely unacceptable. And I think it quite rightly causes a sharp reaction in society,” wrote Matviyenko.
According to her, the “level of patriotism, unity and support” for the ongoing Ukrainian war, which the Kremlin (and Matvienko herself) stubbornly continue to call a “special military operation” are “incredibly high”. However, mass protests against the mobilization continue across the country. There are hundreds of arrests, and demonstrations are particularly massive in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
“I’m sure you will agree with me that now that the level of patriotism, unity and support for our cause in a special military operation is incredibly high in the country, there should be no such cases. Not even a single one. People need to see the responsibility of the government and to feel the openness and fairness of all its actions,” said Matviyenko.
She called for “not a single mistake” in the mobilization.