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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

180 Deserters Caught

MOSCOW -- A one-day nationwide sweep by the military netted 180 deserters from the armed forces, military prosecutors said Thursday.

The sweep covered 50 cities and 46 regions around Russia, according to a statement by the military prosecution department. Most of the deserters were detained in Moscow, the Volga region and the Urals.

Another sweep is planned next month, the officials said.

Desertions are common from the military, where thousands of young conscripts endure brutal conditions.