The claim of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putinof mobilizing 300,000 reservists with real combat experience for his invasion of Ukraine has already made a mark among the population.
Google Trends, the tool with which the well-known search engine analyzes search trends, has shown that this idea of Putin’s it is already a concern throughout the vast Russia.
Internet searches among Russians have skyrocketed for terms as uncommon as for example “how to break an arm”«what is the difference between partial and general mobilization», «how many children do you need to avoid going to the army».
‼️ Russia 🇷🇺: Searches on how to “break an arm 🦾” skyrocket in the country after Putin’s announcement 🐻 to mobilize the population.
A broken arm is taken as a valid excuse not to go to war in Ukraine 🇺🇦. https://t.co/EqNRLwQxzH pic.twitter.com/JrRAbNMoSe
— EM-electomania.es (@electo_mania) September 21, 2022
For now, the mobilization will only affect those who have been ex-combatants, but if the total mobilization of the population is reached, would reach about 25 million Russiansall those men and women who have minimal military experience.
The Russian authorities have already banned those 25 million people from leaving the country, but fear of being sent to the front line of fire has meant that much of flights to flee the country have sold out and the few that remain have multiplied their price.
After Putin’s announcement, Google searches on the scope of the mobilization have skyrocketed among Russians. In particular, details were sought such as the age for a person to be called up, the difference between “partial mobilization” and “general mobilization”«Decree of partial mobilization», «age», «until what age».
At the same time, internet searches have also increased about “how to break an arm at home”, “flat feet” or “how many children do you need to avoid going to the army?”. Also searched for “how to get out of Russia.”
Russia has established three groups for the mobilization of its population. The first two, from which those 300,000 citizens that Putin announced on Wednesday, correspond mainly to former soldiers with experience in real combat. Namely, civilians who in the past have served in any of the war scenarios in which Russia has been present in recent decades.
A reservist mobilized for the war Chechnyafor example, will be called up again two decades later. This group will receive, before being deployed, a quick course on the specifications of the Ukrainian scenario, which will mainly consist of the territorial defense of Donbas after the annexation referendum proposed by Moscow in the coming days.