Voin Rossii (no. 17), the Siberian military district paper, said that contract soldiers have been less than effective. Many terminate their contracts, some have refused to fight in Chechnya, and virtually all are in the army only for the money. Krasnaya zvezda on May 27 reported, however, that the contract system may expand, at least for those involved in peace-keeping. Facing mounting public opposition to Moscow’s peace-keeping work, the Duma agreed with a Yeltsin proposal mandating that all peace-keeping contingents will be manned on a strictly voluntary basis.
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