Ed­i­tor’s pick

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Dozens of young men lined up in Omsk for the an­nual Rus­sian au­tumn con­scrip­tion where men aged 18-27 are obliged to spend a year in na­tional ser­vice. Drafts take place twice a year - one in spring and one in au­tumn - but the tim­ing of this one comes as Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin is beef­ing up his armed forces amid ris­ing ten­sions with the West. It comes days af­ter Rus­sia launched wide-spread nu­clear de­fence drills while the coun­try has also tested an RS-18 bal­lis­tic mis­sile al­legedly to see if it could de­feat US de­fence sys­tems. Mean­while NATO has re­sponded with plans to de­ploy the big­gest force in Eastern Europe since the Cold War. The con­scripts were pic­tured lin­ing up for med­i­cal tests in their un­der­wear where they opened their mouths for doc­tors to in­spect, had their chest size taken and gen­eral fit­ness as­sessed.

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