Each veteran or disabled person of the Great Patriotic War living in Russia will be provided with a mobile phone for personal use for free, reports TASS. The chairman of the State Duma Committee on information policy, Alexander Khinshtein, reported this on February 3.
According to Khinshtein, in the telephone directories of issued devices all the necessary numbers, including volunteer contacts, will be included.
“It is very important that an elderly person at a crucial moment has no need to look for anything and, having a telephone in his hands, he could press an alarm button. This is important because not all of the territory of our country is covered by the Internet, while cellular communication works almost throughout the country,” said Khinshtein.
He added that at the moment about 60 thousand front-line soldiers live in the country, and the possibility of making telephone communication free of charge for this category of citizens is being currently studied.