The party led by President Vladimir Putin has launched an “offer” to students in Russia to lure them to fight for their country in the war in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party has proposed giving academic leave to students taking part in the war with Ukraine, a move that could lure that class to join the ongoing conflict as Moscow tries hard to step up its campaign recruitment, according to Newsweek.com.
Russia’s ruling party announced the initiative in a statement on its Telegram channel, saying the measure would increase students’ social security and ensure their right to education.
In recent months, Russian authorities have stepped up recruitment of volunteers for the war, but it has been marked by successful counteroffensives by Ukrainian forces. Russian officials continue to recruit contractors without announcing a war mobilization, a move that would allow Putin to enlist recruits and mobilize reserve forces under Russian law.
Russia wants to rebuild its army with the country’s students
Artyom Metelev, a member of Putin’s United Russia party, said the academic leave proposal had been sent to Russia’s Ministry of Education.
Since last spring, students have been unable to take academic leave if they want to participate in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine, he said. This “limits their right to receive professional and higher education in absentia,” he stressed.
“We need to ensure that they get an education and create an opportunity to take exams when they return home. Now the fighters defend the interests of the Motherland, but soon they will return, and many of them will choose to work and study peacefully. And there should be no barrierMetelev said.
“We must continue to expand support measures“, he added.
The promises launched by Vladimir Putin
Earlier this month, Putin promised that Russians volunteering to fight in Ukraine would be guaranteed long vacations and job security. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that Putin had promised to instruct the government to introduce into law a provision guaranteeing jobs for those who volunteer to fight in Ukraine, as well as to allow them to take long breaks.
In St. Petersburg, Russian officials sought to recruit war volunteers from a mental health facility, offering cash incentives and more to encourage people to fight, according to an ad posted on the website of the Psychoneurological Dispensary No. 2 from the city.
Thousands of job vacancies for Russian contract workers have appeared at regional employment centers. Local media reported that St. Petersburg authorities also tried to recruit the city’s homeless population to fight in Ukraine.
Last week, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov called for every region in Russia to “self-mobilize” and send at least 1,000 volunteers to fight in Ukraine.
Tags: Russia, Ukraine, war, Vladimir Putin,
Publication date: 19-09-2022 16:52