Return to Conscientious Objection: A Practical Companion for Movements
Alena Karaliova is a human rights lawyer. In 2012, she started working on the protection of the rights of conscripts, both those doing military service and those doing alternative civilian service. Her main spheres of activity are in providing legal and assistance; carrying out legal and comparative analysis of regulatory legal acts relating to conscription, military service and alternative service; and interacting with international human rights organisations. Writing here, she gives us an overview of the campaign for alternative service in Russia.
In Russia: men from the age of 18 to 27 are subject to conscription if they are considered to be in ‘good health’. This lasts for one year, with only one day off per week and no vacation. Usually, only a third of all men of conscription age are actually conscripted (a third cannot serve due to bad health and a third are not conscripted at all because there is no need).