December 30, 2022

Let it Go, Let it Go


Let it Go, Let it Go
Artistic interpretation of life. Deon Black

According to Igor Trunov, president of the Russian Union of Lawyers, Russian men mobilized to fight in Russia's War on Ukraine will be able to freeze and store their sperm for free.

Trunov said he asked Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishusin to create a free cryobank of genetic material for mobilized soldiers, and to make changes to the compulsory medical insurance (CMI) system such that mobilized soldiers and their partners receive free access to infertility treatment.

“The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation," Trunov said, "has determined the possibility of financial support from the federal budget for free conservation and storage of sperm cells for citizens mobilized to participate in the special military operation during 2022-2024.”

“The subsequent free use of conserved genetic material for assisted reproductive technologies is regulated by law if there are indications under compulsory medical insurance,” Trunov added.

The Ministry of Health has not commented on Trunov's statement.

According to Trunov, on behalf of several couples whose husbands were mobilized to be sent to the front, the Union of Lawyers will apply for medical assistance for free cryopreservation of genetic material.

  • According to Russian officials , 300,000 reservists were called up during the mobilization in September and October. According  to various estimates, another 300 thousand to a million mayt have left Russia after the mobilization announcement.
  • Mobilized soldiers are already promised a range of other benefits. “These are medical and tax benefits, and free additional professional education, a monthly pension supplement, and much more,” said Federation Council Chairman Valentina Matvienko.

Translated from Meduza.

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