On 20 December 2007, police officers took Oleg Kozlovsky, the Moscow coordinator of the opposition youth movement, Oborona, from his home to face a military draft board, where a medical commission quickly found him fit to do military service.
Kozlovsky has already passed studies at Moscow State University’s military faculty, and his official rank is that of a reserve officer. He is still a PhD student at Moscow State University. Nevertheless, he has been sent to do military service at the rank of a private.
It appears Kozlovsky was taken to face the draft board on the “recommendation” of the FSB. The medical commission ignored Kozlovsky’s health problems. His last text message read: “They are taking me somewhere.”
Human rights activist Lev Ponomarev has sent a letter to the General Prosecutor’s Office and Russia’s human rights ombudsman protesting the violation of Oleg Kozlovsky’s civic rights. Kozlovsky’s fellow activists are demanding his immediate release.