The

Russian

authorities did this not by chance, according to the American Institute for the Study of War.

In this way, Moscow tried to downplay the importance of this exchange.

This is stated in a recent ISW report.

"The Kremlin probably tried to play down the value of the prisoner exchange with Ukraine, which is extremely unpopular among Russian nationalists and millibloggers, by carrying out the exchange on the same day that Putin announced a partial mobilization," analysts said.

It is noted that among Russians, the government's tough approach to mobilization causes public anger and mistrust throughout the Russian Federation.

The ISW emphasized that among the exchanged prisoners were returned, in particular, the defenders of the Mariupol plant "Azovstal" - the leaders of the "Azov" battalion.

Propagandists in Russia called them Nazis and widely publicized their capture.

"Far-right Russian bloggers criticized the exchange and asked whether the Kremlin had abandoned the 'denazification' of Ukraine, one of the stated goals of the Russian invasion," the report said.

We will remind, on September 21, during the morning address to the people, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin,

 announced partial mobilization 

throughout the country from today.

According to the statement of the Russian dictator, reserve military personnel with military specialties and combat experience will be mobilized.

In the evening of the same day, it became known about the exchange of prisoners on the territory of several countries: Poland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and on the border between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

200 Ukrainian heroes 

were exchanged for Putin's godfather Viktor Medvedchuk,

and Azovstal commanders were exchanged for 55 occupiers. 

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