Russian President Vladimir Putin is anticipated to intensify his military actions in Ukraine and may call for a general mobilization in Russia following the 2024 presidential elections, according to recent claims.
Tensions have grown among the families of Putin’s conscripts, prompting the dictator to suppress women condemning the war to prevent their protests from jeopardizing his re-election.
A significant number of mothers and wives have signed a petition demanding the return of forcibly conscripted young men, leading to street demonstrations.
Concerns of Unrestrained Power After Re-election
Warnings have emerged suggesting that once Putin solidifies his hold on power with a potential re-inauguration, extending his presidency until 2030, he could have unrestricted authority to implement conscription across the entire country.
Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) secretary, Oleksiy Danilov, revealed at an international security forum that Russia is fully committed to its objective of dismantling Ukraine as a nation.
Danilov noted the possibility of a general mobilization occurring after the 2024 elections, citing Russia’s economic shift towards a war footing.
Increasing Resilience and Urgency for Preparation
Danilov highlighted that Russia has proven to be more resilient to Western sanctions than anticipated, providing Ukraine and its allies with 3-4 months to prepare for potential developments.
The upcoming elections on March 17 are seen as a potential milestone for the Kremlin’s actions. Putin, who has already served longer than any Russian ruler since Stalin, survived a mutiny in June and is now looking to consolidate power through the upcoming elections.
Internal Pressure and Suppression of Dissent
The president is reportedly concerned that the increasing protests by wives and mothers of mobilized men will impact his re-election campaign.
In response, regional officials and secret services have been directed to quash anti-war dissent, with recent protests being met with crackdown orders. The feared FSC security service has reportedly threatened protest organizers with sanctions.
Women Leading Anti-War Protests and Facing Repression
Anti-war protesters, especially women, have been at the forefront of demonstrations. One notable figure, Olga Tsukanova, founder of the Council of Wives and Mothers, has been labeled a ‘foreign agent’ and faces criminal prosecution.
Another protester, Olga Kats, challenged Putin’s rejection of a petition signed by 100,000 women, demanding the return of mobilized men.
As dissent grows, women in Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Khabarovsk have taken to the streets, urging the return of mobilized troops and denouncing the harsh conditions they endure.
Challenges to Putin’s Authority and Humanitarian Concerns
Protesters like Olga Belanovskaya, wife of a mobilized man, have flown across Russia to personally appeal to Putin’s administration, revealing disturbing conditions faced by mobilized individuals.
She exposed instances of soldiers being forced naked into pits for refusal to fight without proper equipment and food. The protesters are challenging the oppressive measures of Putin’s regime and demanding justice for the mobilized men, highlighting the dire humanitarian situation amid the ongoing conflict.