Inside Russia's military draft plan: Everyone exempt – and punishments for refusal


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The Russian government drafted its first few soldiers on September 22, the day after Putin’s announcement.

Footage taken by those in the country showed men piling into buses from metropolitan centres and small towns.

Some had just hours to say goodbye to their friends and families, many of whom were in tears.

Activists with the Free Buryatia Foundation have claimed the mobilisation is much more than it appears.


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