A Russian MP, a member of the Federation Council from the annexed Crimea Olga Kovitidi during a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Russian Guard, proposed to increase cash benefits to the Crimean conscripts.
Kovitidi believes that this will increase the motivation of Crimeans to do military service in the Russian army.
“Monetary allowance of conscripts is causing concern - even considering the increment, it is significantly less than the minimum wage. It is necessary to consider the issue of increasing the pay for this category of military personnel. In particular, we need to define the legal and social status of conscripts more accurately, since its actual content differs from the status of contract servicemen.”
The MP also called for "determining benefits, compensation and social guarantees" for those recruited to the Russian army from the annexed Crimea.
Earlier, the Crimean Human Rights Group reported, that Russia had toughen the persecution of Crimeans for evading military service in the Russian Federation. Since the beginning of the occupation, more than 35 criminal cases have been registered in the “courts” of the annexed peninsula for evading military service in the occupying army.
QHA reported that during the period of spring conscription campaign 2,800 people from the annexed Crimea were drafted into the army of the Russian Federation.
The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea asks residents of the occupied Crimea to report on the facts of obtaining draft notices to the army of the Russian Federation.