As the armed conflict with Ukraine continues into its 18th month, Russian MPs on Tuesday voted to raise the maximum conscription age from 27 to 30.
“From January 1, 2024, citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 will be called up for military service,” reads the draft law, which passed the second and third readings in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament and the most important stage of the law-making process in the country.
The measure would significantly increase the number of potential reservists in the Russian army, while Moscow has already deployed nearly 300,000 for an offensive against Ukraine in September 2022.
The law also prohibits conscripts from leaving the territory of Russia after the order of the conscription commission.
Before the bill enters into force, it still has to be approved by the upper house of parliament and signed by President Vladimir Putin, but that is usually a formality.
The Russian parliament already pushed through a law in April that would make it easier for Russians to join the army by expanding the way summonses are sent.
This law also made it difficult for those who refused to file, denying them the opportunity to engage in entrepreneurship or self-employment, to obtain loans, to own their own home and car.
Many Russians who undergo a year of military service have so far avoided summonses by not contacting an official address or by paying bribes to recruiters or doctors.
The Kremlin has denied for months that it intends to launch a new wave of mobilization for an offensive in Ukraine. The previous wave caused tens of thousands of Russians to flee abroad.
Source : HLN