Autumn Call for President

Autumn Call for President

The Memorial Society, the Union of Soldiers ’Mothers Committees and nearly two dozen other human rights organizations signed an appeal to President Medvedev with a call to completely abandon the draft and eliminate the institution of military justice. The immediate reason for the appearance of this appeal was the death of a conscript soldier Ruslan Aiderkhanov.


“We are convinced that while maintaining the draft in its Russian version, it is impossible to modernize the country,” the statement said yesterday that representatives of 22 human rights organizations from 14 regions of Russia sent the president. The initiator of the appeal was the Yekaterinburg Committee of Soldiers' Mothers. Residents of the village of Arslanovo, Chelyabinsk Region, fellow villagers of 20-year-old Ruslan Aiderkhanov, who died in mid-September, addressed the head of this organization, Maria Lebedeva.

The command of the military unit 55062 located in the town of Elan (Sverdlovsk Region), in which private Ayderkhanov served, claims that the soldier committed suicide. The same version was voiced by military investigators, a similar conclusion was made by the military prosecutor's office. However, Ayderkhanov's relatives believe that Ruslan was killed, and army law enforcement officers cover the criminals. “The corpse was found hanging from a tree outside the unit. Relatives, contrary to the prohibition of the military who opened the coffin, found on the body a knife wound, numerous injuries and signs of torture, ”reads the appeal of human rights organizations.

According to the leaders of Memorial, the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, the heads of regional committees of soldiers' mothers and other social activists who signed the appeal, the tragedy in the Yelan garrison characterizes the current state of the army: “After loud statements at the highest level about the humanization of the conscription service, about the new look of the army, Russian youths continue to die at the sites when destroying obsolete ammunition, outside work, in military units from barracks violence, mass colds vany and refusal of medical care. " Therefore, human rights advocates believe that the authorities should either legally abolish the mandatory appeal or at least suspend it. A moratorium on the appeal should be introduced “to work out a new, corresponding to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and international acts on the protection of human rights, legislation governing its passage and clearly stating its sole purpose: preparing a military-trained reserve”.

The appeal of human rights activists should be perceived as a “cry of the soul” rather than as a formulation of an action program, said Sergei MK, coordinator of the movement “Man and the Army”, member of the presidential council for the development of civil society and human rights. “But the proposals of human rights organizations on army reform, backed up by expert conclusions, were formulated a long time ago,” explains Krivenko, who also signed the letter to Medvedev. According to him, the letter of human rights activists should not be taken as a political statement; it is not related to elections and is addressed to the head of state "regardless of how he will be called." “If, for example, a working group on the reform of military justice is formulated, the corresponding proposals will be sent there,” Krivenko promised.

According to the human rights activist, in the framework of the currently actively pursuing justice reform and the criminal process, it was possible to raise the question of the rejection of military justice, which "serves primarily to" protect the honor of the uniform "and often to cover crimes." Lyudmila Vakhnina, one of the authors of the appeal to the president, a member of the council of the human rights center Memorial, explained in the Criminal Procedure Code that the commanders of the military units themselves or persons appointed by them themselves carry out urgent investigative actions. “But very often the commanders are interested in hiding what is happening in military units,” Vakhnina notes.

She is confident that both for the elimination of military justice and for the final rejection of conscription "only the political will of the top leadership is required." The same opinion is shared by the member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, the head of the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Yuri Dzhibladze. “There is definitely money for this,” he told MN. “Just look at the structure of the budget and take into account the increased costs of maintaining the armed forces.”

Colleague Dzhibladze on the presidential human rights council, Sergei Krivenko, recalls that the country's top officials declared the need for a transition to a professional army from the beginning of 90's. In 1992, a government resolution was adopted on a phased transition to contracting the armed forces. In 1996, then-President Boris Yeltsin signed a decree on the complete abolition of military conscription from 2000 — this decree, according to Sergey Krivenko, “was inspected by the military”, as well as a similar decision of the Russian Security Council, already adopted by Vladimir Putin’s presidency, in 2001. “Then the federal target program 2003 – 2007 was approved for 79 billion rubles, which was also failed, the military explained its failure with low salaries of contract servicemen,” continues the head of the movement “Citizen and Army”.

Yury Dzhibladze notes the contradictory statements of Russian officials: Sergei Ivanov, when he was defense minister, said that “the reform as a whole was over,” the current defense minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, and the chief of the General Staff, Nikolai Makarov, say that the transition to a contract is far from completion. Moreover, in March of this year, Army General Makarov made two directly opposite statements: that the number of recruits should be increased, and that "the armed forces are created for contract soldiers, only with their training can we have a trained army."

The recipient of the message of human rights activists - President Medvedev, meeting with the military personnel of the 45 regiment of the special forces of the Airborne Forces in April, stated that “in the next 10 – 15 years, a combined recruitment and conscription force should be used.” By the 2017 year, the task is to bring the number of contractors to 425 thousand. "This is a half-hearted decision, the process can be accelerated," says Yuri Dzhibladze.
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  1. fedor
    fedor 14 October 2011 19: 34 New
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    According to the human rights activist, within the framework of the ongoing justice and criminal justice reform, it was possible to raise the question of the rejection of military justice, which "serves primarily" to protect the honor of the uniform "and often cover crimes".
    Accurate but incomplete wording of the current justice authorities. I would add "protection" to dishonest commanders and commanders.
  2. kosmos84 14 October 2011 22: 09 New
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    younger brother is taken away - I hope he and all future homeland defenders will be fine!
  3. dmb
    dmb 14 October 2011 22: 16 New
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    What is the relation to the mothers of soldiers have Krivenko and Dzhibladze. These gentlemen insolently speculate in other people's grief and make their own "gesheft" on this. And as for the protection of soldiers, few people know that in the case of a soldier who negligently shot a journalist Olyakin in Budennovsk during the capture of Basayev’s hospital, the prosecutor refused the charge and asked for his acquittal, but the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia demanded a harsh condemnation of this soldier for intentional murder.
    1. Vadivak 15 October 2011 00: 14 New
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      I support you, and it would be better for human rights defenders to do this thing --- Save the Motherland from idiots


      11 young people have been living at the base near Khabarovsk for two days now and are expecting that from day to day they will begin to train with NATO soldiers to then join the alliance forces.

      All of them found an ad on the Internet about recruiting for NATO, after which they signed a contract for training in service in NATO forces. Under this contract, they receive 500 rubles per diem. In addition, the contract states that the most active participant in the training camp will receive an iPad 2.

      I want to believe that all this is a clowning, but how nevertheless unpleasant
      1. Aleksey42
        Aleksey42 15 October 2011 03: 44 New
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        If they are serious, then such vampires do not mind buying a ticket to the pendostan, closer to the iPad
      2. zczczc
        zczczc 16 October 2011 12: 45 New
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        under the Union, they would most likely be shot.
        Geeks.
  4. Serge_SB 14 October 2011 22: 28 New
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    Let me ask a question? What relation can any unions, societies, committees have to the formation of the defense power of Russia?
    1. dimon
      dimon 15 October 2011 00: 34 New
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      The most immediate!
  5. dimon
    dimon 15 October 2011 00: 39 New
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    or are we like Russian roulette, serve in the army, and how you will return from there and whether we will return at all!
    Talking about increasing combat readiness in the army, our not much respected president would first of all pay close attention to statistics on the number of deaths, suicides, beatings and diseases that occur among conscripts!
    And then he will soon dismiss a half of the country, sue and dismiss, but the problems of the campaign are not solved by enthymic methods!
  6. KASKAD
    KASKAD 15 October 2011 02: 06 New
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    What are you talking about ? You just realized today that the wrong country was called Honduras? Here, at home, clapping your hands for the rest of your life from several stools smashed to your head is easier than ever, and just as easy to get “accidentally” under a falling hook of a crane, though then if you open the coffin they will also find an exploded boiler in the pope, but for the country that defeated fascism and the Russian army this routine. You do not live in the USA.
  7. KASKAD
    KASKAD 15 October 2011 02: 27 New
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    Damn the curve site, wrote for half an hour and not what has not been preserved.
  8. runway 15 October 2011 14: 48 New
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    Most recently, I believed that human rights organizations were harming our armed forces. But now I think differently. Not only the soldier, but also the officer has nowhere to address his misfortune. It is unrealistic for one to cope with an arbitrary system. The prosecutor's office and the court did not initially stand on the side of the victim. Full of real examples. And what about the parents of the child, who a week after the call was brought to the grave with the conclusion: suicide, and on his body traces of torture?
    I believe that the Moscow Region intentionally spreads the view that human rights organizations are not needed to make it easier to close their dirty criminal cases.
    Human rights organizations already have certain achievements in this regard. But most importantly, public control over the activities of our armed forces should be maintained, which is what human rights organizations do.
  9. Owl
    Owl 15 October 2011 16: 52 New
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    most of the "human rights" organizations were created with enemy money, including the "committee of soldiers' mothers", the task of these organizations was: the collapse of the USSR; the collapse of unity of command in the Army, the destruction of strong Armed Forces, a simple example of the "work" of these organizations - a "tour" in Grozny (winter 1995) of the "human rights activist" Kovalev (calls for soldiers to surrender and subsequent executions and cutting of prisoners)
  10. mind1954
    mind1954 16 October 2011 06: 38 New
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    Yes, with these "soldiers' mothers" everything is clear!

    But the question is something else. If this guy ran away like them
    argue, why is no one responsible for this?

    The state takes people to fulfill state
    duties! So on what basis are these people
    is anyone more than “touching a finger”?

    A man is in the public service!
    And inflicting any damage on him - THIS IS STATE
    CRIME and must be punished accordingly!

    PS Try to go out and "give in the face" to a policeman
    (to the policeman)!
  11. gmajor 16 October 2011 07: 16 New
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    The Memorial Society, the Union of Committees of Soldiers' Mothers, and nearly two dozen other human rights organizations signed an appeal to President Medvedev urging him to completely abandon the draft
    And let's cancel the army altogether! And when the enemies come, let's see how these human rights defenders in London will drape!
  12. rusosturistas
    rusosturistas 17 October 2011 14: 05 New
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    Of course, I understand that anxiety and love are parental, but with this union of mothers I will understand the bust, remember - it appeared during the Chechen company, in troubled times. It is necessary to restore serious order in the Armed Forces, and cancel all "parental" meetings in the Army.