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New rules of military registration in the Russian Federation

DATE: May 30, 2023 | AUTHOR: AT

In accordance with Federal Law No. 53-FZ “On Military Duty and Military Service” citizens of the Russian Federation must notify the state authorities responsible for military registration if they leave the Russian Federation for a period of more than six months. On the basis of such notification the citizen is removed from the military registration until he returns to the territory of the Russian Federation.

On April 14, 2023, the above law was amended in terms of the procedure for providing such notification. Now the removal from the military registration can be performed without personal appearance of citizens at the military registration office by means of:

  1. written notification to the authorities responsible for military registration;
  2. notification in electronic form via the Portal of State and Municipal Services;
  3. through a representative by power of attorney or a lawyer.

To confirm the fact of being outside the territory of the Russian Federation for a period of more than six months, the military registration authorities may require the submission of relevant documents. Documents that can confirm this fact include:

  • permanent residence permit;
  • employment contract;
  • an agreement with an university;
  • resident visa, etc.

Also, in order to be removed from the military registration on the abovementioned grounds, it is necessary not only to confirm the fact of being outside the territory of the Russian Federation for more than 6 months, but also the fact of leaving Russia, from the date of which the 6-month period will be counted. We believe that, for these purposes, it would be sufficient to submit a copy of the ticket by which you left Russia, and a copy of your foreign passport with records of your cross-border travel.

We also would like to note that under current legislation a citizen may be prohibited from leaving Russia if he receives a military summons to be sent to the troops. Such a summons can be served only after passing a medical examination and a draft committee, if one of the following grounds for exemption from military service is absent:

  • the citizen is deemed not physically qualified for military service;
  • the citizen has a deferment from military service;
  • the citizen has grounds for removal from the military registration (including in connection with going abroad), etc.

Moreover, in the near future new provisions may be adopted obliging a citizen who has received such a summons to deposit his foreign passport at the migration department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Otherwise, the passport will be considered invalid.

We are monitoring the changes and will keep you informed.

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