Putin has been called a ‘master procrastinator’ but experts say he wanted to avoid mobilizing troops ‘at all costs’ due to how unpopular it would be in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Novgorod Region Governor Andrei Nikitin during his visit to celebrate the 1160th anniversary of Russian statehood in Veliky Novgorod, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022.

Putin announced Wednesday he was calling in reserves, prompting protests in Russia.
Experts said Putin wanted to avoid the move, but also wanted to bolster his military.
The move could weaken support for Putin’s regime as Russians are exposed to the reality of the war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial military mobilization was decried by some as too little too late, but that may be because he had desperately tried to avoid this outcome and thought he could succeed in Ukraine without it, experts said.

Putin said Wednesday he was calling up 300,000 reservists and threatened nuclear options after the Ukrainian military made major gains in recent weeks. The Russian president has found his forces short on manpower while Ukraine, on the other hand, ordered a full military mobilization within days of the invasion in February.

“He’s a master procrastinator,” Michael Kofman, a military analyst of Russia studies at the Center for Naval Analyses told Puck’s Julie Ioffe this week. “He procrastinates and procrastinates till the options go from bad to worse.”

Experts told Insider it could take weeks or months for Russia’s partial mobilization to bear fruit, as the reservists need to be trained, equipped, and deployed. They also said taking such action at this stage in the war shows things are going so poorly for Russia that Putin is anxious for something that could turn the tide.

“In hindsight, he should have done it sooner. Absolutely,” Robert English, a professor at the University of Southern California who studies Russia, the Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe, told Insider, adding that an …read more

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