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Some Russian banking staff will be exempt from draft: Bank CEO

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Some personnel working in Russia's banking sector deemed critically important will be exempt from the country's military call-up, the CEO of Russia's No. 2 bank VTB said on Thursday.

“For banks and companies in the financial sector, a number of critical staff will be identified who will not be called up,” VTB head Andrei Kostin said.

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President Vladimir Putin ordered the immediate call-up of 300,000 reservists on Wednesday, although Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the mobilization would be limited to those with experience as professional soldiers.

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