First recruits from Crimea and North Caucasus republics deployed in 2017 Russian draft


Crimea, International, More, Ukraine

Translated by: Christine Chraibi


On October 17, 2017, the first recruits from Crimea, North Ossetia, Chechnya and Karachay-Cherkessia were assembled from the military commissariats located in the Southern Military District (SMD)*.

In the autumn and winter of this year, more than 22,000 citizens will be called up for military service from all the constituent subjects of the Russian Federation located in the Southern Military District. More than 20,000 new recruits will be sent to serve in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, of which more than 13,000 will be deployed to military units in the Southern Military District.

The recruits will travel to their stations by road, rail and air. Military and civil aircraft will deliver some of the men to remote areas of Siberia and the Far East. The recruits will be accompanied by representatives of military units and medical workers.

To date, all the military units of the Southern Military District are ready to receive new recruits. Servicemen, who have been designated to train young military personnel, have received special combat training.

By the end of October, more than 3,500 new recruits will be deployed to their new stations. Of these, 2,300 will be deployed in the Southern Military District. The most massive deployment of new conscripts is planned for November and December, 2017.

Press Service of the Southern Military District, Russian Federation

*The Southern Military District was formed on October 20, 2010. It includes the Republic of Adygea, Dagestan, Ingushetia, the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, the Republic of Kalmykia, Karachay-Cherkessia, the Republic of North Ossetia – Alania, the Chechen Republic, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Astrakhan, Volgograd and Rostov Regions.

In April 2014, Crimea and Sevastopol were added to the Southern Military District.



The Crimean Human Rights Group writes:

Russia has violated the Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians in time of war by drafting Crimeans to serve in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

The Crimean Human Rights Group confirms that the conscription of Crimean citizens into the Russian army grossly violates the norms of international humanitarian law.

By conscripting citizens of occupied Crimea into the ranks of the Russian occupation army and continuing to recruit Crimean citizens to serve in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Russia intentionally violates Article 51 of the Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Fourth Geneva Convention), and by transporting conscripted citizens of Ukraine from occupied Crimea to the territory of the Russian Federation, Russia intentionally violates Article 49 of this Convention.

The Crimean Human Rights Group requests that Crimeans transmit all materials (subpoenas, photos and videos) relative to Russia’s illegal conscription of Crimean citizens to the following e-mail: [email protected] These materials will be treated confidentially, and will help us in our work to end the draft in Crimea.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi

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