22nd September 1995 at 01:00
Education experts have been taken aback by the dramatic rise in the number of applicants to Russia's military academies.

Just two years ago the decline in interest was such that the defence ministry dared ask for no more than three out of a possible five points at matriculation for fear of not filling its colleges.

One of the reasons for the turnaround, believe education officials, is the increasing number of paying colleges and spiralling costs of formerly free colleges. Military colleges still offer grants, free food, clothing and transport.

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