Russian Airlines employees start receiving notifications of enlistment-Kommersant

Russian Airlines employees start receiving notifications of enlistment-Kommersant

(Reuters) – Kommersant newspaper reported on Friday, citing sources, that Russian employees of airlines and airports began receiving conscription notices after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial military mobilization.

The newspaper reported that employees of at least five airlines, including Russia’s largest airline, Aeroflot, and employees of more than 10 airports received notifications within one day of Putin’s request for packing.

According to sources at three companies, 50-80% of employees could be recalled, with a source close to Aeroflot saying that more than half of the employees could be drafted into three of the group’s airlines, Kommersant said.

Aeroflot declined to comment.

Most airline pilots are reserve officers trained in the military departments of flight schools, or private individuals who have completed military service.

At least five companies have begun compiling, and two have already sent, lists of employees who will be exempted from the draft, because exemption is critical not only to pilots and air traffic controllers, but also to technical, commercial and information technology specialists, Kommersant said.

Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilization since World War II and backed a plan to annex vast swathes of Ukraine, prompting some Russians of draft age to leave the country.

On Wednesday, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that about 300,000 reservists would be called up, and that they would be specialists with combat experience.

All Russian men are required to perform one year of military service between the ages of 18 and 27, although college students may instead receive instruction from a military college alongside their chosen studies.

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