Nearly 250,000 dodged draft in Russia in 2012 - official

Nearly 250,000 Russian citizens dodged the military draft in 2012, says Yevgeny Burdinsky, a deputy chief of the Russian General Staff's main organizational-mobilization directorate.

"As many as 235,836 people dodged their military duty and failed to accept draft cards, which is a gross violation of the law," Burdinsky said at a meeting of the Public Council commission on national security on Tuesday.

Another 8,794 people received draft cards but failed to report for duty in 2012, he said.

"Dodgers leave in search of a living during the draft without canceling their registration with the local military commandant's office and move to other regions of the country without being registered with military commandant's offices," he said.

Burdinsky described the 244,650 draft dodgers in 2012 as a hidden reserve for the draft program.

As many as 295,375 draftees joined the armed forces in 2012, he said.

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