September 27, 2022

Putin signed a decree on spring conscription

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, March 31, signed a decree on spring conscription for military service. The document is published on the official portal of legal information.

“To carry out from April 1 to July 15, 2022, the conscription for military service of citizens of the Russian Federation aged 18 to 27 years old, who are not in the reserve and are subject <…> to conscription for military service, in the amount of 134,500 people,” reads in the document.

The decree also notes that soldiers, sailors, sergeants and foremen whose term of military service has expired will be dismissed from it.

The decree comes into force from the day of its official publication, March 31.

A day earlier, the head of the Main Organizational and Mobilization Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Yevgeny Burdinsky ruled out the connection between the spring conscription and the Russian special operation to protect Donbass.

He said that fewer people will be called up for military service this year compared to last year’s spring conscription. According to him, the conscription will take place in 82 subjects of Russia, with the exception of the Komi Republic, the Yamalo-Nenets and Nenets Autonomous Okrugs, where the campaign takes place in autumn.

The day before, during a conference call, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that conscripts would not be sent to hot spots. The head of the Ministry of Defense also said that the military service of the majority of conscripts in the spring of 2022 will begin with professional training, which will last from three to five months.

On March 10, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that on behalf of Putin, even before the start of the special operation, all commanders of Russian Armed Forces units were instructed to categorically exclude the use of conscripts to perform any tasks on the territory of Ukraine.

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