ISW: The Kremlin deliberately held a prisoner exchange on the day the mobilization was announced

ISW: The Kremlin deliberately held a prisoner exchange on the day the mobilization was announced

< p>The Kremlin tried to downplay the exchange of prisoners with Ukraine, carrying out the exchange on the same day that «partial mobilization» was announced. This is reported by the American Institute for the Study of War.

Analysts note that the exchange is «deeply unpopular among Russian nationalists and milbloggers». For example, far-right Russian bloggers criticized the exchange and asked whether the Kremlin had abandoned the “denazification” of Ukraine, one of the stated goals of the Russian invasion.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin itself is not openly sticking to the promised terms of partial mobilization. Kremlin quotas are likely to force local authorities to mobilize men regardless of their military status and are likely to encourage a disproportionate mobilization of ethnically non-Russian and immigrant communities.

The ISW admits that the announcement of partial mobilization and blatant disregard for even the parameters The mobilizations dictated by the government may alienate vested interests in the Russian public, who were previously more tolerant of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which affected their personal interests less.

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