Putin calls up 150,000 more soldiers

Putin calls up 150,000 more soldiers
Vladimir Putin speaks to assembled politicians / Kremlin
By bne IntelliNews April 1, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed his annual spring conscription decree, calling up a new swathe of young Russians for compulsory military service. 

The decree calls for the enlistment of 150,000 citizens, as revealed on the Kremlin's website. This move is in line with Russia's long-standing policy of mandatory military service for men aged 18 and above, announced twice a year, each spring and autumn.

This latest decree comes as Russia seeks to bolster its forces during the deadly Russo-Ukrainian war. In general, most conscripts do not see frontline action, instead filling roles vacated by those who have been sent to fight in Ukraine. Those on the front line tend to be career soldiers, those who have signed military contracts and those mobilised.  

Notably, recent legislative changes have expanded the age bracket for conscription. In July, the Russian parliament voted to increase the maximum conscription age to 30 from 27, which came into effect at the beginning of this year. 

This decree follows previous conscription campaigns, with 130,000 individuals called up for autumn service last year and 147,000 planned for the previous spring.