Published: 1 Jun 2008 | By Andrey Kuvshinov and Nick Williams
‘Citizen and Army’ – a Russian civil initiative
The current system of military conscription in Russia is characterised by systematic intimidation, violence, torture, blackmail and unpaid labour, whilst blanket immunity is enjoyed by the officers responsible. Any process of reform requires the Russian government to recognise its obligation to protect its soldiers and guarantee their fundamental rights. Citizen and Army was set up in 2006 with the aim of tackling these problems through capacity-building activities on a regional level involving almost 100 organisations.
In this article, Andrey Kuvshinov and Nick Williams outline the work of Citizen and Army, whilst considering the obstacles to success inherent in human rights work of this nature in Russia. To read the full article, click on the link below.