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Russian deputies block the way to public service to army service dodgers

June 23, 2013, 0:55 UTC+3

The amendments are expected to take effect on January 1, 2014

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MOSCOW, June 23 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian State Duma has passed a bill in the second and third readings that bans people who dodge army service from occupying public civil posts. Concurrently, the bill provides for a package of measures designed to raise the prestige and attractiveness of military service for conscripts.

Communist Party deputy Vladimir Komoyedov, who heads the Russian State Duma Defense Committee, told Itar-Tass earlier this week that the document had been prepared to implement the presidential decree of May 7, 2012 on further improvement of military service in Russia.

The deputy said that the bill had been amended before being submitted for the second hearing. One of the amendments suggested granting conscripts who finish their army service and who have higher education a prerogative right to be enrolled to institutions of high learning to study not only extra professional programs but also on high school programs in economy and management.

Komoyedov paid special attention to a novelty which restricts the access to public civil service to people who have dodged conscription without any legitimate grounds. He explained that until recently people who have refused to do army service on conscription without having any legitimate deferrals have automatically become reservists at the age of 27. After that, these young people can occupy civil public posts alongside with those who have served in the army.

The deputies specified the category of persons who would be banned from entering public civil service. "From now on, army conscription commission will issue a certificate to such people when they are transferred to the reserve saying that they have dodged an army service without any legitimate grounds,” Komoyedov warned.

He believes that if adopted the law will contribute to forming a reasonably negative attitude to persons who go out of their way to dodge their military duty.

The amendments are expected to take effect on January 1, 2014.

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