Tag: draftees

Russian Commanders Forcing Draftees to Sign Up for Longer Terms

December 8, 2014

Staunton, December 8 – Reflecting Moscow’s difficulties in finding enough men to serve in the military because of Russia’s demographic decline, difficulties exacerbated by Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, commanders are exploiting the ignorance of many draftees and forcing them to agree to sign on for longer terms of service as “professional soldiers.” This violation […]

Russian Soldiers Said Injuring Themselves To Avoid Being Sent To Ukraine

November 26, 2014

Staunton, November 25 – Some draftees in the Russian army are inflicting injuries on themselves in order to avoid being sent to the fighting in southeastern Ukraine, an indication of their fears about what might happen to them there and of growing opposition to the Kremlin’s aggression, according to Elena Vasilyeva. Vasilyeva, a Russian human […]

Ukrainian Fighting Causing Some Russians to Seek to Avoid the Draft

October 20, 2014

Staunton, October 13 – Despite claims by Russian officials that all is well with the draft in Russia and that in fact fewer young men are seeking to avoid service than in the past, claims often accompanied by pointing to the problems Ukraine is having filling the ranks, the situation in the Russian Federation with […]