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In Russia, the age limit for conscription into the army was canceled

Date: June 26, 2022 5:08 pm

The State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) has abolished the maximum age for conscription into the armed forces as a contract soldier. Until now, Russian citizens wishing to become professional soldiers had to be between the ages of 18 and 40; from 18 to 30 foreigners.

This measure, in theory, will allow to receive more applications for conscription into the army at a time when the Kremlin’s military operation in Ukraine lasts more than three months. Both Russians and foreigners will be able to serve in the army until they exceed the retirement age, that is, 65 years for men and 60 for women.

Highly qualified specialists

Moscow wants to attract doctors, engineers and signalmen to the army

The Russian parliament approved the urgent removal of this restriction. The First Lady approved it in three readings at once. Ten minutes after the report of the lower house was made public, so did the Federation Council (upper house or senate).

The project to remove this restriction was presented five days ago in the Duma by deputies Andrei Kartapolov, a former deputy defense minister, and Andrei Krasov, which coincided with the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

According to the authors of the legislative amendment, the approved measure will facilitate the recruitment of “specialists in areas related to the civilian population: medical support, engineers, communications specialists and others” to contract military service.

in Ukraine

Moscow summed up the last balance of losses in March and recognized the death of 1351 soldiers.

The initiative explained that “for the use of high-precision weapons, the use of weapons and military equipment, highly professional specialists are needed. Experience shows that such professionals become (upon reaching) between 40 and 45 years.

In addition, the deputies explained that there are specialists who are interested in working in Ukraine, but so far they cannot be summoned, because this is not allowed by law.

Look for “professionals”

The authors of the law deny the attempt of secret mobilization

The Ministry of Defense stated that only military personnel with a contract take part in the hostilities in Ukraine. However, on March 9, he reported on the presence of recruits in the units participating in the special operation, and that some of them were captured. He later claimed that “almost all” the recruits had already been withdrawn to Russia and that he was taking “careful measures” to prevent recruits from being sent to Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed prosecutors to investigate and find those responsible for sending conscripts on military service to a neighboring country.

Western media and countries claim that Russian troops suffered more losses than they would like in the course of the “special military operation”, as the intervention in Ukraine is called here. Recently, British intelligence estimated these losses at more than 15,000 soldiers, the same number as the Soviet Army left during the ten years of the war in Afghanistan (1979-1989).

Russia reported the last balance of losses on 25 March. The Ministry of Defense recognized 1351 dead and 3825 wounded soldiers.

The deputies denied that the abolition of the age limit is a hidden “mobilization” in order to have more candidates for the army.


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