Russia: March 14, 2003


Starting July 1st, the armed forces will no longer conscript those with sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS), are drug addicts or homosexuals. This probably does not mean that any 18 year old could avoid military service by showing up with a case of Gonorrhoea. This can be cured with an antibiotic. But any permanent disease, like AIDS or herpes, would keep you out. Trying to pass as homosexual or drug addict, if you aren't, will be another problem. Currently, fewer than half those 18 year olds called for military service show up. The rest either bribe their way out or just don't appear. The military still wants to do away with conscription and just use volunteers, but it may be a decade or more before there is money available for that. 


Article Archive

Russia: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close