Putin signs order to conscript over 150,000 people in fall 2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the conscription of citizens for military service and on discharge of conscripts form military service in October-December 2013, the Kremlin press service has reported.
A total of 150,030 people will be conscripted in the period between October 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 under this decree.
The Russian government, executive administration bodies, Russian regions, and conscription commissions have been ordered to ensure the fulfillment of events associated with conscription of Russian citizens to military service.
The decree takes effect on the day of its official publication.
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