"A foreign citizen can no longer be a cause of failure for contract service in the Russian army. Published on the website Defense draft amendment requires "mercenaries" knowledge of Russian consent to fingerprinting and a willingness to conclude the first deal for five years. The plan may be innovations in rescuing a failed plan to transfer the army to the contract. … Service in the Russian army is entitled to Russian citizenship after three years. "
The idea is different: to be, to whom the Russians to drive on the reservation. One police is not enough, and an army of citizens to engage in such a no. Even Caucasians can not refuse. Ten million Chinese — do not give up. And if you hire immediately a hundred million Chinese, and then round up the reservation no need: just wait three years until they get Russian passports. And you doubt who will inhabit the 20 new cities. And inhabit them. And before that, during his service in the construction battalion, they themselves had to be built. And the money will find — a communal disabling the "unpromising" of the Russian hinterland.
Foreign citizenship can no longer be a cause of failure for contract service in the Russian army. Published on the website Defense draft amendment requires "mercenaries" knowledge of Russian consent to fingerprinting and a willingness to conclude the first deal for five years. The plan may be innovations in rescuing a failed plan to transfer the army to the contract.
The Russian Defense Ministry posted on its website the draft amendments to the "Regulations on the procedure for military service", which describes the details of the service of foreigners in the Russian armed forces. The previous version of the document's lack volunteer Russian passport was the first of the possible reasons for the refusal to accept it at the service of the contract. Now this item is excluded.
Hired for service in the Russian army may aliens of all countries, aged 18 to 30 years. No educational qualifications, but we have to prove knowledge of the Russian language and undergo mandatory fingerprinting for all contractors.
In contrast to the Russian citizens alien swears allegiance to Russia and does not undertake to "courageously defend freedom, independence and constitutional order of Russia." He only undertakes to respect the Constitution, "adequately perform military duty" and "carry out orders of their commanders."
The first foreigner must conclude a contract for five years (the citizens of Russia — for three years), and for those who are going to study at the military college or school — and an additional period of study. After serving his first term, the foreigner was demobilized, if only for the time he had not received Russian citizenship: service in the Russian army is entitled to Russian citizenship after three years.
This is probably the most attractive offer to potential mercenaries. Any benefits they are not entitled. Housing foreign contractors provide only the service and only hostel in sanatoriums and children's camps they were not given the tickets for the trip to leave is not paid for. Salary mercenary will be the same as that of his Russian colleague (now depending on the region 10-12 thousand rubles).
"Migrant workers from CIS countries cheaper, but this is not an option. They have no patriotism — how they will protect the homeland? "- Says the head of the Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation of the Ministry of Defence, Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov. According to him, the presence of foreigners in our army will create additional problems: the command every minute "will have to share all the tasks on classified and unclassified."
Opportunity to serve in the Russian army was in foreigners before — based on two articles of the law on conscription, admitting the possibility of the presence of foreigners in the army. The first foreigners — citizens of former Soviet republics appeared in the Russian army in 2004, when the target program started the transition to contract service, recalled center coordinator "Citizen and Army" Sergei Krivenko.
The Defense Ministry had hoped that in a demographic crisis, foreigners will help offset the lack of Russian contractors. But all this time the number of foreign contractors in the Russian military ranged 300-350, with most services are held outside of Russia — in the army in the territories of the 102nd Russian military base in Armenia and the 201st base in Tajikistan.
According to the General Staff in 2009, most in the Russian army was just the citizens of Tajikistan — 103 people. In second place the citizens of Uzbekistan (69 people), the third — Ukraine (42). In addition to them
Russia also serve as Belarusians, Kazakhs, Armenians, and even a citizen of Georgia. Where exactly was it back during the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia, the Ministry of Defence does not report.
"This is another example of inappropriateness of foreigners in the army," — said Ivashov.
"I do not think it would be a threat to the national security of Georgia and Russia — just loud would the scandal," — says a military expert at the Institute for Economy in Transition Vasily Zatsepin. In general, the share of foreign contractors in the Russian army so insignificant that "any impact on the defense they will not."
In 2010, the Ministry of Defence was forced to reduce the number of contract servicemen — instead of the original 210 000 almost halved.
"We have no means of contract, to the extent in which we would like," — said at the time, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. To simplify the flow of Russian military to contract service, the draft amendment also proposed to reduce the minimum period of compulsory military service before entering into a contract with the first of the year and three months.