“There are many volunteers.” Reportage of a temporary mobilization point in Moscow

Plot Partial mobilization in Russia

The Museum of Moscow was crowded last Monday: from the morning of September 26 there was a temporary mobilization point for three military enlistment offices — Krasnoselsky, Tverskoy and Zamoskvoretsky.

Everything is harsh at the entrance: only those who came according to the agenda are allowed inside through the metal detector. Relatives and friends can wait in the patio. Inside — several rows of metal chairs — such as in any of waiting rooms, in front of them — TV on tripod. On the screen is the film "Station for Two".

The armchairs are free: there are about two dozen waiting men with backpacks and sports bags. Someone is talking with neighbors, someone is looking at the screen of a smartphone, someone is watching the complex relationship between Vera and Plato.

Slightly to the side — entrance to buffet. The girls at the counter explain that they feed everyone: both the mobilized and the military registration and enlistment office staff. There are no gourmet dishes, but and not fast food. According to their said, there were already quite a few volunteers in the first half of the day. Colonel running past — a 50 years old man with a thick cap of gray hair — confirms: “Volunteers?! Yes, there a lot of them!"

— Krasnoselsky who else?! — a low but distinct voice comes from the waiting room. Several people raise their hands. The officer assigns the order, invites the first to pass.

The impressive hall for paperwork has no windows. Three rows of tables set with the letter "P", on each straight —  a dozen jobs: officers in camouflage, female assistants — on the one hand, mobilized — with another. The tables are filled with computers, piled with papers. Work is in full swing.

In the room next  — social workers. If the person who arrived on the summons has reasons for delay, then they are sent here. Information about  children (elderly relatives requiring care) or other good reasons is specified instantly: within 20 minutes, an answer is ready. However, social workers act only in the role of experts, the final decision is made by the military commissar. According to the head of the social service, approximately 5% of everyone who arrives on mobilization passes through them. Sometimes a person receives a summons while on sick leave. Such people simply ask for a delay until the closing of the bulletin in the polyclinic. And there are also those who need the help of a psychologist.

There is also a medical board. But  the excitement is not observed there. As one of the mobilized people explained, he has no health problems, he is ready to serve. Why does it need additional checks?

In  the final waiting room, we sit down to a young guy with a neatly trimmed beard, he waits to be sent not alone. Next to the wife. He explains that when all the documents were completed, he asked to let her go to him. The employees of the mobile point reacted with understanding. And now the family is waiting for the officers to announce the loading.

There is also a small buffet next to it. The girl, pouring drinks from thermoses and distributing pies, says that all this was provided by a cafe that constantly works in the museum building. Another mobilized, receiving a glass of hot black coffee, says that he has a quite successful life. But behind   — service in the army. So he can cannot afford to ignore the call.

…The blue bus has already warmed up the engine. It's time to go, picking up backpacks, the men set off for the exit.

And mobilization continues.

Three military commissariats in one museum

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