MOSCOW: On Friday Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held a teleconference in which he commented that more than 260,000 conscripts were drafted into Russia’s armed forces during the two military draft campaigns held amid the pandemic.
He further added that “Amid the complex epidemiological situation two draft campaigns were held successfully. In 2020, more than 260,000 conscripts were drafted into the army, as expected,” Shoigu said.
While commenting on the military personnel’s social problems he remarked that the social problems will be continued to be addressed this year. “Military servicemen’s wives were given jobs as promised and places at kindergartens and schools were reserved for their children. More than 111,000 servicemen were provided with housing,” Shoigu said.
He also commented on the worsening situation because of the global pandemic saying that, “Strict quarantine regime was imposed at military academies and a reserve of beds at military hospitals, including some for civilians, was created. PCR laboratories have been deployed. About 6,000 tests are made there a day,” Shoigu said.
He also emphasized that mass vaccination of the military personnel was continuing. He added that “We have managed to bring down the average infection rate in the armed forces to a level below the nation’s average.”