27 Feb 2020 21:32

Navalny associate Shaveddinov remains at Novaya Zemlya military base

MOSCOW. Feb 27 (Interfax) - The Anti-Corruption Foundation's project manager Ruslan Shaveddinov, who was called up for military service in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, has received a military occupational title, as a transporter erector launcher (TEL) driver/operator, a source in his military base told Interfax.

"Shaveddinov is serving in a Novaya Zemlya air defense battalion. He has recently obtained the occupational title of TEL driver-operator," the source said.

"Everything is fine with Shaveddinov," it said.

On December 23 of last year, Shaveddinov's flat was searched, he was arrested, and contact with him was lost. The following day it transpired that he had been drafted and dispatched to Novaya Zemlya.

Anti-Corruption Foundation lawyers reported his abduction and illegal imprisonment and unlawful actions by the Moscow military recruitment office to law enforcement authorities. The Foundation additionally said that Shaveddinov had grounds for a draft deferral.

Novaya Zemlya is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

The recruitment office's deputy head Maxim Loktev said that after the Moscow City Court upheld the lower-court ruling "the draft commission's resolution has resumed effect."