Putin instructs authorities to put Russians on military registration without personal appearance

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.21 - 2023 1:06 PM CET

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a directive to revolutionize the military conscription process in Russia by 2024.

This new approach will use a unified register of persons liable for military service and electronic summonses, allowing Russian citizens to register for military service without the need for a personal appearance at conscription offices.

This list of instructions for conscription was published on the Kremlin's website and places the responsibility of implementation on the shoulders of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Digital Development Minister Maksut Shadaev.

Their task is to oversee the registration process and ensure that citizens can access their personal account in the register of subpoenas.

Under this new system, an electronic summons will be deemed officially served seven days after it is posted in the register. From this point, the conscript is legally prohibited from leaving the country until they report to the military registration and enlistment office.

Furthermore, a notification of the travel ban will be sent to the conscript within a day of the summons being served.

Conscripts will have a 20-day window to report to their local military registration and enlistment office.

Failure to appear within this timeframe will result in a series of restrictions, including the inability to apply for credits and loans, register as individual entrepreneurs, and register real estate and vehicles.

Additionally, the conscript will lose the right to drive transport vehicles.

However, these restrictions will be automatically lifted within a day once the conscript reports for duty or provides valid reasons for their absence.

This move represents a significant shift in how Russia handles its military conscription and reflects a more digital and streamlined approach to managing its military personnel resources.

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