Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov defended his son Nikolai on Thursday, accused of refusing to be mobilized for the Russian offensive in Ukraine, after the publication of a telephone conversation that went viral on the internet. In this video widely relayed on social networks, a blogger calls the son of the Russian spokesman live, posing as an army recruiter responsible for calling the reservists mobilized following the announcement of President Vladimir Cheese fries.
“A summons was sent to you today,” said Dmitri Nizovtsev, the host of “People’s Politics”, a YouTube channel created by supporters of imprisoned Russian opponent Alexei Navalny.
“Above, there is a number that you must call back and tomorrow, at 10:00 am, you must go to a call center”, continues the blogger in a firm tone, to make the hoax credible.
Nikolaï Peskov, 32, seems disconcerted for a time, before assuring: “Obviously, that I will not come tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.”, suggesting that he would not let himself be enlisted in the army.
“You must understand, if you know that I am Mr. Peskov, that it is not entirely correct that I am there,” he adds. “I’ll take it to another level.”
“I have no problem defending the homeland. But first I have to understand what is feasible for me,” he further justifies himself.
Invited Thursday to comment on this video, Dmitry Peskov told journalists “to be aware” but assured that “the full text (of the discussion) has not been published”.
On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” only to concern some 300,000 reservists who have “military experience”. Many Russians, however, fear a more massive mobilization.