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Activists Concerned Over Treatment Of Conscripts In Russian Army

A doctor examines recruits at a local conscription center in Novosibirsk.
Rights activists in Russia have raised fresh concerns over the treatment of conscripts in the army, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Sergei Sorokin of the Moscow Helsinki Group told RFE/RL that a graduate of Moscow State University's (MGU) postgraduate program was forcibly inducted into the army today.

Sorokin said MGU graduate Roman Palvelyev, 25, came to Moscow's Cheremushki district military commission office to obtain a copy of its ruling on his case. Sorokin said Palvelyev was forced to go to the draft center and that his mother was not permitted to see him.

Meanwhile, the Baikal human rights center in West Siberia issued a statement by the parents of a young conscript who died just five days after he was drafted into the Russian Army.

Albert Kiyamov was a young physicist who was called up for military service after he completed his Ph.D dissertation in the city of Ulyanovsk earlier this month. The commanders of Kiyamov's military unit say he fell out of a window and died.

Kiyamov's parents say they do not believe that and have demanded a full and transparent investigation into their son's death.