To the State Duma imported an amendment to the law on military service, which will allow the army to enter into contracts with those who have not previously completed military service.
It is assumed that contracts can be concluded immediately after the age of majority. This will allow 18-year-old boys to enter the contract service immediately after graduating from high school. Previously, a contract was allowed to be concluded only after completing at least three months of military service or after receiving a secondary vocational education.
The introduction of this amendment was the initiative of Andrei Kartapolov, chairman of the Duma Defense Committee. He also proposed to prohibit sending soldiers, sailors, sergeants and foremen who have served less than four months to participate in armed conflicts.
The Defense Committee approved the amendment. In the second reading it will be considered on June 28.
Earlier, the State Duma raised the upper age limit for concluding a military service contract from 40 to 50 years.
The amendments are made against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine. The Russian authorities have repeatedly emphasized that only officers and contractors should participate in the so-called special operation. The Ministry of Defense, however, admitted that conscripts were also involved in the fighting, for which they promised to punish “about 15 officers.” It is also known about the participation of conscript sailors in the actions of the Black Sea Fleet, and some of them are reported missing after the sinking of the cruiser Moskva. Relatives of the victims also reported cases of conscripts signing contracts shortly after being drafted.
The Russian authorities deny plans for general mobilization in connection with the war, but in many regions they are actively recruiting volunteers to be sent to Ukraine.