Prison for refusal to fight and surrender: new laws for the Russian military |  News of Kharkiv and Ukraine

Prison for refusal to fight and surrender: new laws for the Russian military | News of Kharkiv and Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved amendments to the Criminal Code of Russia, according to which punishments for voluntary surrender and desertion are introduced for military personnel.

This is stated in the decree of the head of state, quoted by Russian propaganda media, in particular TACC.

According to the amendments, a penalty of up to 10 years of imprisonment is introduced for military personnel for voluntary surrender and up to 15 years of imprisonment for desertion during mobilization or wartime. Looting in wartime will be punishable by imprisonment for up to 15 years.

Also, according to the changes, periods of mobilization and martial law are recognized as “aggravating circumstances when committing crimes.”

The norms that were in force earlier meant that such circumstances included the commission of a crime in the context of an armed conflict or military operations.

According to the new law, the commission of a crime during the period of mobilization, martial law, and during wartime was added to the aggravating circumstances.

Putin also signed a law on the simplified granting of Russian citizenship to foreigners who have entered into a contract for military service.

They will be able to apply for admission to Russian citizenship without providing a residence permit and without having lived in Russia continuously for 5 years.

At the same time, they can conclude the first contract for military service for 1 year (previously, the minimum term of such a contract was 5 years).

Partial mobilization in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilization in the Russian Federation. It started already on September 21. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made a statement after Putin. He announced that 300,000 reservists should be called up as part of the partial mobilization.

Allegedly, those who have served and have a military accounting specialty will be mobilized, students are promised not to be touched. According to the minister, conscripts will not be sent to the war against Ukraine. However, the media repeatedly reported that Russia still sends conscripts to war, despite its assurances to the contrary.

Following Putin’s announcement, a number of countries, including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the Czech Republic, announced that they would not grant asylum to Russians fleeing mobilization. Instead, Germany declared its readiness to accept those fleeing from mobilization in the Russian Federation.


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