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  • mariuslab2002
    2002-10-05 17:06 VLADIMIR PUTIN: THREE YEARS AGO RUSSIAN LEADERSHIP WAS BUT ONE STEP SHORT OF ORDERING MOBILIZATION MOSCOW, 5 October 2002. /from RIA Novosti
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      2002-10-05 17:06

      VLADIMIR PUTIN: THREE YEARS AGO RUSSIAN LEADERSHIP WAS BUT ONE STEP
      SHORT OF ORDERING MOBILIZATION

      MOSCOW, 5 October 2002. /from RIA Novosti correspondent/. -Russian
      President Vladimir Putin said that following the 1999 militants'
      attack against Dagestan (North Caucasus) Russia's leadership was but
      one step short of ordering mobilization.

      Vladimir Putin made this statement during his meeting with the
      finalists and organizers of the Teacher of the Year contest.

      President reminded the audience that the 1999 militants' attack
      against Dagestan was fraught with the real danger of having Caucasus
      broken away from Russia. "We were just one step short of declaring
      mobilization and waging a large-scale civil war," President said.

      According to Vladimir Putin, the armed forces were 1.3 million men
      strong at the time but "there were no combat-ready units to do the
      actual fighting" as even the land troops were badly undermanned" and
      conscripts had to be brought in from all over the country.

      At present, Vladimir Putin believes, the situation in the armed
      forces has changed for the better, with the improprieties that do
      occur every now and then stemming mostly from laxity and neglect of
      duty.

      Commenting on the military conscription situation in general,
      Vladimir Putin pointed to the current problems with bringing up army
      units to required strength. According to the head of state, the
      numerous draft deferrals existing today may well lead to a situation
      when there are no eligible conscripts left in the country to call up.
      President pointed out that there is a critical deferral percentage
      and failure to stay above the limit may entail irreparable
      consequences.
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