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More Russians opt for alternative civil service

December 19, 2012, 18:24 UTC+3
Nowadays some 1.100 potential conscripts opt for alternative civil service, primarily being engaged in health establishments, in institutions of social protection and culture
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MOSCOW, December 19 (Itar-Tass) ——Russian young men due for call up more often opt for alternative civil service (ACS), Rostrud (Federal Employment Agency) deputy head Ivan Shklovets told a press conference here on Wednesday.

“In the recent years the number of appeals has been constantly increasing”, he said.

Nowadays some 1.100 potential conscripts opt for alternative civil service, primarily being engaged in health establishments, in institutions of social protection and culture.

Only about 10 percent of organizations are ready to provide for the wages plus dwellings, that is why the extraterritorial principle does not work, Shklovets reported. In total 636 organizations provided work for those in the alternative civil service in 2012. There are eight such organizations among the federal ones: Ministry of culture, Transport Ministry, Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA), Roscosmos, Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), Russian Federal Fishery Agency, Federal Agency of Communications and Russian Federal Archive Agency.

In 80 percent of cases the causes for such a choice are religious ones. In other cases according to current legislation the representatives of the small peoples of the North also choose the alternative civil service at the place where they permanently live. ACS is most popular in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, the Moscow and Ryazan Regions.

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