Draft dodgers in Russia would be denied civilian employment

The Russian State Duma will hear a government-proposed bill in its first reading on Tuesday that would make military service more appealing and prestigious.

The bill will be presented by Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov.

If the bill becomes law, draft dodgers would be denied civilian employment. The bill would also give advantages to citizens who have undergone conscript service and got a higher education at universities with state accreditation. These citizens would be given priority access to education under additional federally-funded vocational educational programs, including at Russian and foreign research centers.

The Duma will also debate amendments to the Law on Defense that deal with law enforcement within the armed forces and other troops and military formation and agencies.

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