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Sergei Ivanov: "The student will not be until he is a student"

January 5 2006

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, speaking in the program "Vesti RTR, confirmed that his student deferment in Russia will not be revoked.

Speaking of the located in the State Duma the draft law limiting the number of reasons that may be granted a deferment from military service, he noted that Russia is now the "champion of the world by number of postponements."

"Today we have their 25, with the result that we call only 9 percent of young people out of 100 who could serve in the army at the call," - noted the Minister. In this connection, Ivanov also mentioned the Ministry of Defense plans to move from 2008 to compulsory military service instead of 2 years of current for 12 months. At the same time, said Sergei Ivanov, "student deferment will not be revoked. That is, the student will not be long until he is a student," ITAR-TASS reported.

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