Russian Constitutional Court upholds draft deferment requirements
MOSCOW, July 15 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Constitutional Court has again ruled that denial of draft deferment for students at non-accredited private universities does not contradict the Constitution, the court said on its website on Wednesday.
The issue was considered in connection with a complaint filed by Ivan Pilipenko from the Moscow Region.
Under the law on military service, students at accredited state universities have a right to a draft deferment.
Last year, Pilipenko enrolled in a government-financed group at the Academy of Russia’s Investigative Committee. It was the first group of this kind and it did not have government accreditation at the time he enrolled.
Later, Pilipenko was drafted into the army. He sued for clarification, and a court confirmed the legality of the conscription. He then turned to the Constitutional Court.
The Constitutional Court had previously analyzed the related provision of the law on military service for compliance with the Constitution in the initial wording. It concluded that the refusal to grant a draft deferment to students at non-accredited private universities did not contradict the Constitution.
The court said that legislators were within the law when adopting varying draft procedures based on the economic requirements for professionals trained at higher schools that comply with government education standards. The court also said that students at non-accredited private universities can resume their studies after completing their military service.
This time it considered the current wording of the law and reaffirmed that the above conclusions are applicable. The Constitutional Court concluded that this provision cannot be regarded as an infringement of civil rights.