Vladimir Putin signed a decree on autumn conscription for compulsory military service – this year they plan to draft 130 thousand Russians aged 18 to 27 into the army.
The 2023 autumn conscription will take place from October 1 to December 31 in all regions of Russia, as well as in the partially occupied regions of Ukraine and annexed Crimea.
Recruits of the autumn conscription will have to submit their international passports to the Ministry of Internal Affairs within five days from the moment of enlistment in the military unit. The documents will be returned after the military personnel complete their military service.
In addition, conscripts will be able to conclude contracts for military service for more than a year during the period of mobilization and during martial law. Also, Russians subject to conscription will be prohibited from leaving the Russian Federation from the day a summons is posted against them in the register of served summonses.
All recruits who fail to appear on a summons to the military registration and enlistment office will face a fine of up to 30 thousand rubles.
This conscription campaign will be the last in which the upper draft age limit will be limited to 27 years. From 2024, the upper draft age limit will increase to 30 years. At the same time, the State Duma rejected a bill to raise the lower threshold for conscription age from 18 to 21 years.
In 2022, the conscription campaign began a month later, on November 1, due to Putin announcing a “partial” mobilization. During last year’s autumn conscription, 120 thousand conscripts were recruited into the army.