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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

116 Deserters Arrested




MOSCOW -- Authorities arrested 116 military deserters in Russia's Far East during a weeklong roundup, an army official said Wednesday.


The arrests were made during Operation Deserter, in which police and military officials in the Far East fanned out to find conscripts who had fled their posts, said Anatoly Todorenko, deputy head of the Far Eastern military district's security department.


Todorenko said that during the week beginning Jan. 3 and ending Sunday, authorities checked likely hiding places for the conscripts, according to Itar-Tass.


Hundreds of Russian servicemen flee their posts every year, usually to escape hazing by their seniors.