More than 2.5 thousand Russian students in the autumn of last year specifically went to a leave of absence to serve in the army, told RIA Novosti on Monday, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (VS) Colonel General Vasily Smirnov.
The spring conscription campaign was launched on Monday in Russia. During the spring and summer launched the call in 2013, which will end on July 15, will join the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation 153.2 thousand young people.
"Recently, a very interesting phenomenon, where students are trained, take a sabbatical and write a statement on what to do military service — refuse to delay and military service. We think these are isolated cases, but it turned out that it is not so : the trend is growing, the number — the fall was more than 2.5 thousand young men who have taken a leave of absence with the desire to do military service, "- said Smirnov, RIA Novosti reported.