The military draft board in St Petersburg’s Frunzensky district sent Aleksandr Timofeyev, born 1989, an 11th grade pupil at a secondary school, to do military service. On the morning of 10 December 2007, police arrived at his home and took the boy to face a medical commission, which did not even check the boy’s medical record before deciding he was fit to serve in the military. Aleksandr was then sent directly to do his military service near Arkhangelsk.
The law on military service prohibits forcing pupils in secondary school to do military service. The Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers in St Petersburg sent a letter of protest to the prosecutor’s office and the governor of St Petersburg, Valentina Matvienko (who is head of the city’s draft commission), demanding that a criminal case be brought against the police and military for illegal detention and confinement.