Government suggests barring military draft dodgers from civil service jobs

The Russian government has submitted to the State Duma a bill suggesting that military draft dodgers should be barred from civil service jobs. The bill amends "certain legislative acts of Russia for building up the prestige and attractiveness of military service by conscription."

A briefing note published on the government website said that citizens who had served in the Armed Forces by conscription would enjoy preferences in recruitment for civil service jobs and inclusion in administrative reserves.

The preferences will be legalized with amendments to the Federal Law on Civil Service. The amendments would bar military service dodgers from civil service. "The rule will not apply to citizens who did not serve in the Armed Forces for grounds listed by Russian laws," the note said.

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