Published On: Thu, Mar 30th, 2017

Putin orders to draft over 140,000 men into Russian army this spring

In October-December 2016, 152,000 Russians were drafted into the army This is in addition to 454,000 new soldiers aged 18 to 27 that were drafted In 2015-2016.

OMSK, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 26, 2016: Conscripts seen during a send off ceremony at a military recruiting office. Dmitry Feoktistov/TASS


142,000 Russian men will draft into the Armed Forces in spring 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday

The decree, posted on the official portal of legal information, enters into force on the day of its publication, according to TASS.

This is in addition to 152,000 Russians aged 18 to 27 that were drafted into the army in October-December 2016, in line with the president’s decree.

And to 155,000 Russian men called up for army duty last spring. In autumn 2015, 147,100 Russians were conscripted.

Lately, Russian lawmakers have been discussing proposals to increase the draft age ceiling from the current 27 years to 30 or 35 years. This initiative is due to be discussed already this autumn.


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