Russian soldiers taking part in the war against Ukraine will be entitled to free freezing and storage of sperm in cryobanks, Russian state news agency Tass reported, citing a union of lawyers.
“Families of those called up for military service under the partial mobilization will receive free access to fertility treatment and storage of biomaterial in a cryobank,” said Igor Trunov, chairman of the Russian Union of Lawyers, which represents several couples where the husband was mobilized and the family asked for help, according to Tass.
The Russian Ministry of Health responded to a request “on the creation of a free cryobank of genetic material and changes to the system of compulsory health insurance to allocate a quota of free fertility treatment to citizens of the RF (Federation of Russia) participating in the special military operation”. according to Trunov.
“The RF Ministry of Health has decided that it is possible to use federal budget money to fund the free preservation and storage of sex cells (sperm) for citizens mobilized in the special military operation, in 2022-2024. Any further free use of preserved genetic material in assisted reproductive technologies is regulated by law, provided it is listed as part of (the individual’s) compulsory health insurance,” he said. , according to Tas.
In November, a US military leader estimated more than 100,000 Russian soldiers killed or injured in the war in Ukraine, with similar numbers on the Ukrainian side.
Faced with a series of setbacks on the battlefield, Russian President Vladimir Putin mobilized an additional 300,000 troops in September. “Partial mobilization” meant that citizens who were in the reserve could be called up and those with military experience would be subject to conscription, Putin said at the time.
The move sparked an exodus from Russia as thousands of military-age men fled the country rather than face the risk of conscription. Video footage showed long queues of traffic at land border crossings to several neighboring countries and rising airfares and sold-out fights following the announcement.
More than 8,500 Russians traveled overland to neighboring Finland on the Saturday following Putin’s announcement, according to Finnish border guard official Matti Pitkäniitty.
As of September 28, collective data from various countries showed that more than 200,000 people had fled Russia and traveled to Georgia, Kazakhstan and the EU.