Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted university and vocational college students a draft deferment. Saturday’s move follows the partial mobilization of military reservists to serve in Ukraine.
According to a presidential decree published on the Kremlin’s website, the decision concerns students who are enrolled at state-accredited vocational or higher-education institutions. It covers only those attending state educational institutions and research organizations for whom this is “the first such education.”
“This Decree comes into force from the date of its signing and applies to legal relations that arose from September 21, 2022,” the document reads, referring to the date when the partial mobilization was announced.