On June 3, the President of the Russian Federation signed a law that gives the status of veterans to the Russian military personnel having participated in special operations in Syria. The proposal to elaborate and adopt such a law was made by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation on 1 October 2015, while in the Annual Report 2015 she suggested that the Government of the Russian Federation facilitated amending the Law On Veterans.
The draft law prepared by the Ministry of Defence of Russia was adopted by the State Duma on 21 June and approved by the Council of the Federation on 29 June 2016.
According to the law, Russian military personnel that have been accomplishing special tasks on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic since 30 September 2015 will have the rights to relevant social benefits.
Combat veterans may seek higher pensions and allowances, monthly payments, free medical and health resort treatment, discounts for housing and utilities services, and housing (only those who applied for housing before 2005).
Photo: the MIA of Russia