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Little Green Babies: Crimean Newborns Handed Military Draft Notices

By Steve Gutterman

Welcome to the world, kid -- and don't forget to report for duty in 16 years. 

Three newborn babies were presented with military draft notices along with their birth certificates last week by the Russian authorities who control the Crimean Peninsula.

The boys were given the notices by the chief Russian military recruiting officer in the Simferopol district of Crimea, the Moscow-installed Justice Ministry for the region said on its website.

The documents were presented as part of a celebration of "the glorious sons of Russia" marking Defenders of the Fatherland Day, the February 23 holiday honoring the Russian military -- and, unofficially, all Russian men.

The ministry said the notices indicated the boys should report for military service on January 24, 2032.

That date was a mistake, according to the website meduza.io, which pointed out that Russian males are obliged to register for military service when they turn 17 -- an age the three boys will not reach until 2033.

Russia seized control of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 after supporting a takeover of the regional legislature, sending in troops widely known as "little green men" for their unmarked uniforms, and staging a referendum dismissed around the world as illegitimate.

With reporting by meduza.io and tvrain.ru
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by: Mamuka
March 01, 2016 13:49
They should enroll in DOSAAF as soon as they are old enough.

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