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UK intelligence says Kremlin attempts to curb protests by mothers and wives of deployed soldiers

Saturday, 2 December 2023, 12:32
UK intelligence says Kremlin attempts to curb protests by mothers and wives of deployed soldiers
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The Russian leadership has most likely been concerned over the protests of the deployed troops’ families and is trying to curb them in various ways.

Source: UK Defence Intelligence review on Twitter dated 2 December, as reported by European Pravda

Details: Following small protests in Moscow in November 2023, Russian authorities have seemingly begun to prevent any further similar events, the UK Defence Intelligence review notes.

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The analysts indicate that investigations by non-governmental media outlets in Russia, as well as comments by protesting wives, suggest that deployed soldiers' relatives are now being offered larger payments in exchange for keeping quiet.

A group of Russian deployed troops' wives released a manifesto against "indefinite mobilisation" on 27 November, and a few days later, they were "pinned with a ‘fake’ warning label".

"The authorities are likely particularly sensitive to any protests related to those citizens mobilised in September 2022, who have now been at the front line for over a year," the intelligence service pointed out.

Background: In a previous review, the UK MoD reported that a small advance near the town of Avdiivka had cost the Russians heavy losses.

Meanwhile, Estonian intelligence believes that Russia's budget for 2024 will allow it to sustain the current intensity of hostilities in the war against Ukraine.

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