Posted by News Express | 26 December 2019 | 821 times
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has condemned the forcible conscription of one of his allies to serve at a military base in the Arctic.
Ruslan Shaveddinov was seized at his home in Moscow on Monday and flown 2,000km (1,240 miles) to the remote Novaya Zemlya archipelago.
Mr Navalny accused the authorities of kidnapping the activist who, he said, was exempt from military service.
An army official accused the activist of being a draft-dodger.
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Military service of 12 months is compulsory for all Russian men aged 18 to 27, but there are exemptions on medical or other grounds.
Mr Shaveddinov was working as a project manager at Mr Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) when he was seized.
What happened to the activist?
On Monday a court in Moscow rejected an appeal made by Mr Shaveddinov against his conscription on medical grounds.
That evening he was taken from his flat and his phone stopped answering, Russian media report. His disappearance was reported by the FBK.
According to Mr Navalny, the missing man managed to borrow a phone on Wednesday and called him to say he had been taken to a base of the 33rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment, whose headquarters is in Rogachovo, Novaya Zemlya. (BBC)
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