Federation Council: For evading participation in hostilities and following commander’s orders, threatens 10 years in prison

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Peter Kavinsky

The Federation Council approved amendments tightening the Criminal Code as part of the announced “partial mobilization”. A number of crimes committed during the period of “mobilization”, “martial law” or “wartime” will become an aggravating circumstance in sentencing. For offenses committed at such a difficult time for the country, more severe penalties may be imposed:

– Desertion during the period of mobilization, wartime or in circumstances of armed conflict, military personnel can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for feigning illness to avoid military service – 10 years.

– Surrender in captivity without signs of treason is punishable by imprisonment from 3 to 10 years.

At the same time, the document clarifies that military personnel who have committed this crime for the first time may be exempt from liability, provided that they have taken measures for their release, return to their unit or place of duty and have committed no other crimes during their stay in captivity.

– Deliberate destruction or damage to military property during martial law or in circumstances of armed conflict is punishable by a prison term of five to ten years.

– For looting and coercion to violate the duties of military service up to 15 years.

– For refusing to participate in hostilities and failing to comply with an order – from 3 to 10 years.

Recall that on September 20, the State Duma approved in second and third reading amendments to the bill on amendments to the Criminal Code, which proposes to consider periods of mobilization, martial law and wartime as “aggravating circumstances in committing of a crime.”


“Martial law is a special legal regime introduced on the territory of Russia or in its separate territories by the President with the approval of the Federation Council in case of aggression against the country or an imminent threat of aggression.

The reason for the introduction of “martial law” is: the invasion of a foreign state on the territory of Russia, the occupation of part of it, the bombardment by foreign forces of the territory of Russia, armed sabotage, the occupation or blockade of its parts.

“Combat operations” – defines the organized actions of military units in a certain period of time to conduct combat missions – they include, in particular, special military operations.

“Mobilization” – mobilization can be announced both before martial law and when martial law is introduced. It can be general or partial. Citizens who are in the reserve, but who are not entitled to a postponement, are covered by the call.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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