Members of the working group “on issues of self-defense” submitted to the State Duma a draft amendment to prohibit terminating fixed-term employment contracts with mobilized and volunteers while they are in the “special operation” zone (this is how the authorities still call the war in Ukraine). This was announced by the first vice-speaker of the Federation Council Andrei Turchak in Telegram. The amendments are expected to make changes to the Labor Code and the Law on Civil Service.
According to Turchak, employers will be banned from terminating fixed-term employment contracts with mobilized people. He recalled that in 2022, amendments to the Labor Code were adopted, which guarantee the mobilized to keep their jobs for the duration of their participation in hostilities. However, now it is possible to dismiss those who are called up for mobilization or went to war in Ukraine voluntarily if the employment contract is urgent and expired when the fighter was at the front.
If the amendments are adopted, all fixed-term labor contracts with mobilized and volunteers will be automatically extended, which will “save jobs.”
On March 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on spring conscription for military service. From April 1 to July 15, it is planned to call up 147 thousand people - 12.5 thousand more than in the spring call of 2022. In March, in some regions of the Russian Federation, summonses “to clarify military registration specialties and streamline documents” began to be distributed, including the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug, the Voronezh, Lipetsk, Yaroslavl and Penza regions. According to the head of the Agora human rights organization Pavel Chikov, such summonses are already being distributed in 43 regions of Russia.
It also became known earlier that the Russian military registration and enlistment offices for the first time will begin to send alerts in electronic form as part of the spring draft campaign in 2023. To do this, the Ministry of Defense previously registered more than 700 thousand people aged 18 to 27 years. Lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov explained to The Insider that the "electronic notification" will not have legal significance, and subpoenas must be served against receipt.