Putin Learns the Hard Way Why the U.S. Abandoned the Draft

Wes O'Donnell
4 min readSep 26, 2022

Well, that escalated quickly…

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Since Putin announced his “partial mobilization” of 300,000 troops six days ago, there have been 17 targeted attacks on military recruitment centers and Russian administrative buildings.

Russia announced today that a 25-year-old male opened fire at a military registration and enlistment office in Ust-Ilimsk, resulting in a Kremlin military commander being critically wounded.

In a separate incident, authorities said that a suspect rammed his vehicle into the entrance of a military recruitment center in ​​Uryupinsk early this morning.

The protests are turning deadly.

This comes amid a mass exodus of fighting-aged males from the country.

It’s hard to attach an exact figure to the number of Russians fleeing Russia, but anecdotal evidence from Serbia, Turkey, Georgia, and Finland suggest that number may be in the tens of thousands.

A satellite image from Maxar shows traffic queuing approximately 16 kilometers (nearly 10 miles) north of the Georgian border crossing leaving Russia.

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On Sunday, 8,314 Russians entered Finland via the Finnish-Russian land border — double the number than the week before.

One-way airline ticket prices out of Moscow have skyrocketed.

What’s worse, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to who is getting drafted in Russia right now.

Some Russian citizens claim that local police and military are going door to door looking for fighting-aged males.

It’s as if Putin is intentionally trying to get overthrown!

If Putin wanted to stoke more civil unrest at home, in the midst of an unpopular war and a weakening economy, then “mission accomplished.”

The United States is no stranger to civil unrest

In the late 1960s, amid an unpopular war and a weakening economy, a substantial draft resistance movement emerged in the U.S.

Wes O'Donnell

Army & Air Force Veteran | Global Security Wonk for War is Boring, GEN, OneZero, Soldier of Fortune | Law Student | TEDx Speaker | Founder of Warrior Lodge