Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Compulsory military service in Russia is not going anywhere

General-colonel Vasily Smirnov, who is a deputy of the Chief-of-Staff of the Russian Army, announced on Monday that the Russian conscript system would not be changed, in particular, - what concerns the duration of service for conscripts. This spring the Russian Army and Navy drafted 270,600 of new conscripts which is considered to be a success that does not call for any changes.

At the same time there are about 200,000 of men of the draft age which are still at large trying to escape the compulsory military service. Over the last year only 60 men have been prosecuted for dodging the draft.

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