Russia will continue to recruit new soldiers to fight against Russia. Photo/Reuters
MOSCOW – The Russian military will recruit 420,000 troops by the end of 2023. Even though Russia is facing a big problem in its domestic industrial workforce shortage.
According to a survey conducted by the non-profit Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, which was cited by the British Ministry of Defense in its daily intelligence update, labor shortages in Russia’s industrial sector reached a new high of 42% in July 2023. This figure rose by 7%. starting April 2023.
In early September, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said 280,000 people had been recruited, according to Reuters, meaning another 140,000 people would be needed by the end of the year.
The UK Ministry of Defense pointed out that Medvedev’s figures could not be independently verified.
“One sector facing acute shortages is the information technology sector, which has seen around 100,000 professionals or 10% of the sector – leave Russia by 2022,” the UK Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
“This shows that mobilization and conscription in Russia have exacerbated non-defense manpower shortages,” he said.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered a massive brain drain in Russia, with the latest estimates putting the number of young workers leaving in 2022 at 1.3 million.
According to a Russian central bank study, reported by Russian daily Kommersant, worker availability in the first quarter of 2023 fell to its lowest level since data collection began in 1998.
The Washington Post reports Russians may be leaving Russia for several reasons, including avoiding military mobilization or escaping Western sanctions that have caused economic turmoil in the country.
Russia is now trying to keep some of its talent at home, one way by raising the military recruitment exemption age for information technology professionals from 27 to 30 in early September.
Russia deployed 300,000 troops last year, and plans to mobilize hundreds of thousands more this year.
However, the British Ministry of Defense also said that ahead of the Russian presidential election, scheduled for March 2024, the authorities would likely “try to avoid” further unpopular mobilization.