Russian State Duma introduces the term "mobilization" into the penal code

Deputies of the Russian State Duma at a plenary session on Tuesday passed a draft law that would add the terms “mobilization”, “martial law” and “martial law” to the criminal code. The amendments for the second and third readings were presented to the State Duma on Monday, the first to draw attention to this was Pavel Chikov, head of the human rights group Agora. The first reading of the draft was passed in July of this year.

Accordingly, in an article of the Criminal Code, the words “in the event of armed conflict or acts of war” are replaced by “during mobilization or in a state of war, in time of war or in the event of an armed conflict or during acts of war”.

The news agency reports that in future there will be tougher penalties for voluntary release into captivity, looting, leaving a unit during combat operations and non-compliance with the order interfax. Voluntary release into captivity threatens up to ten years in prison if there are no signs of high treason. A first-time offender may be exonerated from criminal liability if he “has taken steps to exonerate himself, has returned to his unit or duty station, and has not committed any other offenses during his captivity”. In the case of looting, prison sentences of up to 15 years are envisaged. Refusal to take part in hostilities carries a prison sentence of two to three years.

The Federation Council will review the changes on Wednesday. After that, they must be signed by the Russian President.

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Source: RT

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