17 April 2019, 12:45

Hundreds of Crimeans attempted to evade service in Russian army. 15 criminal and about 250 administrative cases brought against “draft dodgers”


Since 2015, about 300 conscripts have attempted to evade military service in the Russian army in the illegally annexed Crimea.

“Military commissar” of Crimea Oleg Yermilov reported on the situation at a press conference in Simferopol, as cited by RIA Novosti.

According to him, for the specified period, 15 criminal and about 250 administrative cases were initiated on the facts of evasion from service in Crimea.

At the same time, answering the question “Whether to consider the Crimean recruits as prisoners of war,” Yermilov said that in Crimea young people voluntarily go to serve in the Russian Armed Forces.

He stressed that over the past four years, not a single Crimean conscript had left the military unit without permission.

Probably, young people know that for such an act they face, at best, imprisonment for six months, and at worst – a year in a disciplinary military unit. However, the “military commissioner” omitted the fact at a press conference.

Reportedly, conscription office in the annexed Crimea plans to send 2.5 thousand Crimea residents to military service in the ranks of the Russian army during the spring call-up. Most of the conscripts will be sent outside the Crimea for service in various military units of Russia.

Since the spring of 2015, Russia has conducted seven recruiting campaigns in the occupied Crimea, within the framework of which 12,229 Crimean residents were illegally called in the Russian Armed Forces. The autumn call-up of Crimeans in 2018 was the most large-scale for the entire time of the occupation: three thousand people were drafted into the Russian army.