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Russia: Watch Chechen recruits enlist in Russian Army for first time in 20 years01:14

Russia: Watch Chechen recruits enlist in Russian Army for first time in 20 years

Russian Federation, Grozny
November 17, 2014 at 18:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

The first group of 25 army recruits from the Republic of Chechnya enlisted in the Russian Army in Russia's Southern Federal District of Grozny on Monday. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov personally oversaw the proceedings.

It is the first time in 20 years that men from the Republic of Chechnya have been ordered to serve in the Russian military, according to the Russian Defence Ministry. One recruit, Magomed, said he was "very happy" that "such an opportunity" should present itself. Five hundred Chechen recruits are expected to enlist this Autumn.

The ceremony is part of the Autumn conscription campaign in Russia, which plans to call up around 154,000 citizens and is due to last until December 31.

Russia: Watch Chechen recruits enlist in Russian Army for first time in 20 years01:14
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The first group of 25 army recruits from the Republic of Chechnya enlisted in the Russian Army in Russia's Southern Federal District of Grozny on Monday. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov personally oversaw the proceedings.

It is the first time in 20 years that men from the Republic of Chechnya have been ordered to serve in the Russian military, according to the Russian Defence Ministry. One recruit, Magomed, said he was "very happy" that "such an opportunity" should present itself. Five hundred Chechen recruits are expected to enlist this Autumn.

The ceremony is part of the Autumn conscription campaign in Russia, which plans to call up around 154,000 citizens and is due to last until December 31.

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