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Viktor Zavarzin said as meeting military attachés on Wednesday that the main phase of army reform had been completed.
Viktor Zavarzin, the chief of the defense committee of the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, said as meeting military attachés on Wednesday that the main phase of army reform had been completed. Preserving the strategic nuclear forces' potential, building up the numerical strength of permanent alert units and switching over to contract conscription arrangements (while also retaining regular troops) are the major priorities of the reform of the Armed Forces, according to Mr. Zavarzin. Besides, Mr. Zavarzin said it was necessary to improve military training and implement social security programs intended for the military. Mr. Zavarzin also emphasized the importance of raising the qualitative parameters of the Armed Forces, of modernizing armaments, raising troops' combat efficiency and mobility, and updating the military education system for training the officer corps. Mr. Zavarzin said "the Armed Forces are among the most loyal institutions in Russia." Crime figures for the Armed Forces are 60% lower than the country's overall crime rate. Ninety per cent of military units do not practice hazing, while 80% of units "do not know what crime is," according to the MP. Mr. Zavarzin hailed the Russian army's morale. While on mission, including carrying out anti-terrorist operations, Russian servicemen "demonstrated their faithfulness to their Motherland and their cause," emphasized Mr. Zavarzin. Summing up the preliminary results of the defense committee's activities, the MP said it had considered over 250 draft laws 73 of which were related to the defense sphere. Mr. Zavarzin said the most important of the bills were those designed to improve the social security of servicemen and their family members, improve army service conditions and raise servicemen's state insurance. Lawmakers also ensured the right to the non-competitive admission to military institutes for orphaned children, noted Mr. Zavarzin
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