The military commission of the Bakhchysarai district of the Russian-occupied Crimea demanded the conscript who, belongs to Jehovah's Witnesses, to submit a document on the change of faith, according to the information on the website of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Reportedly, on June 9, the man once again went to the military commissariat, where he was offered an alternative civilian service.
He agreed, as he had been trying to achieve this for a long time. However, he was soon told that he would be able to take an alternative service "provided that he renounced his religious views."
The call-up papers published by the Jehovah's Witnesses, required the conscript to come to the military registration and enlistment office "to provide documents on the change of faith." Though, the faith the young man should then embrace is not specified; In the military enlistment office they added that "in case of refusal he will go to court."
Reference: Under the law of the country-invader, the Russian Federation, "Jehovah's Witnesses" are considered an illegal organization. April 20, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized the "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia" as extremist and liquidated it. Thereby, more than 300 local communities that were part of the center structure were banned as well.
Earlier, QHA reported that on May 25 a group of draftees from the annexed Crimea "Spring-2017" were the first to be sent for service outside the peninsula.