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Russians Stock Up for Battlefield, Fearing Army Lacks Supplies

  • Regulator to probe price spikes for outdoor, military goods
  • Mobilization order has draftees buying up camping equipment
A recruitment officer directs a reservist to a bus at a mobilization center in Moscow.

A recruitment officer directs a reservist to a bus at a mobilization center in Moscow.

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Russians called up to fight in President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine are buying up everything from camping gear to body armor, worried that his undersupplied army won’t be able to provide them with even the basics when they arrive at the front.

Prices for military-style clothing and equipment have surged so much that regulators said Friday they’re opening a probe into whether some retailers may be gouging.