‘Cossacks to Hunt Down Draft Dodgers in Moscow’
“’Cossacks are concluding deals with [Moscow's military] enlistment offices to conduct raids to bring military conscripts into the army,’ said Sergei Shishkin, head of the Southeast District Cossack Organization, in comments carried by M24.ru. ‘We can join representatives of military enlistment offices and police in going door-to-door to hand the conscripts their draft papers.’
“Some 1,400 Cossacks — members of a quasi-militant group predominantly found in Russia and Ukraine — are available to hunt the draft dodgers, Shishkin said, adding that the group had already made agreements with two of Moscow's 27 military enlistment offices.”
‘Russian Draft Dodgers Banned From Public Sector Jobs for 10 Years’
“Draft dodgers will be barred from working in the public sector for at least 10 years after they fail to join the Army, according to an amendment published on the government's legal portal on Thursday.
“An earlier version of the law passed in 2013 imposed a lifetime ban on draft dodgers.
“Following an appeal by parliamentarians in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, however, Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled the measure unlawful in October 2014, demanding a limit to the ban.”