Putin's latest idea is "frightening"

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.21 - 2023 11:38 AM CET

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Russia moves to digital battlefield: Unified registry for military conscription announced.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has mandated the use of a unified registry for the military conscription process set to take place in October–December 2024, according to the independent Russian news site Meduza.

This order, made public on the Kremlin's official website, directs the Russian Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Digital Development to establish a comprehensive database of citizens eligible for military service.

The new system, a significant shift from traditional methods, will enable the issuance of electronic summonses, thereby eliminating the necessity for conscripts to physically register at military offices.

This directive follows the April 2023 amendments by the Russian State Duma, which authorized the creation of this unified registry.

The registry aims to consolidate data from various state agencies, encompassing information about the health, education, residence, and employment of potential draftees.

A notable aspect of the changes is the legal backing for electronic summonses and the restriction imposed on "citizens liable for military service." According to the new rules, these individuals are prohibited from leaving Russia from the moment they receive a military summons until they report to the designated conscription office.

These measures reflect Russia's evolving approach to military conscription and indicate an increased emphasis on digital solutions to streamline the process.

The unified registry is poised to transform how Russia manages and executes its military conscription, potentially impacting a broad segment of the population.

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