Mobilization in the Russian Federation – the State Duma plans to shorten the list of reasons for the postponement

According to State Duma deputy Viktor Sobolev, when the list of diseases was drawn up, health requirements in Russia were exaggerated because “someone has to defend their homeland.”

The State Duma of the Russian Federation decided to shorten the list of diseases that constituted a valid reason for leaving the army. A member of the State Duma Defense Committee, Lieutenant General Viktor Sobolev, said this in comments to Russian media on September 15.

In his opinion, this should have happened long ago, as the health requirements were once said to have been too high. The list will be shortened in the near future.

“The fact that we once had excessive demands on our health is 100% true. We used to have flat feet in service, so there were no problems. This happened when I was in college and so on. Today, flat feet are considered a disease that makes a person unfit for military service. This will certainly change to reduce such diseases that do not affect the performance of official duties at all,” said Viktor Sobolev.


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Separately, a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation noted that the decision to reduce the list of diseases for men of military age will significantly increase the size of the Russian army. When exactly this will happen is unknown.

“Someone has to defend their homeland. Otherwise, in the end there will be no one to serve if you have two children or are sick,” Viktor Sobolev concluded.

As of September 2023, there is a list of 26 diseases in Russia that allow deferment from the army. They were approved the day before by the head of the Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu.

These include: HIV, hepatitis B and C, moderate bronchial asthma, type 1 diabetes mellitus, hypertension in the second stage, respiratory problems, visual impairment, moderate colitis and enteritis

Recall that on September 12, it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin may officially announce the mobilization in September. The representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Moscow Region Andrei Yusov noted that the Kremlin is faced with the need to replenish reserves in Ukraine. At the same time, potentially mobilized citizens need time to prepare, so they are not immediately sent to the front.


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