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Russia: A law toughens penalties for deserters or those refusing to fight

Russia: A law toughens penalties for deserters or those refusing to fight

This week, the State Duma “Parliament” approved the amendments to the Penal Code, and they were issued in the Official Gazette of the Government and entered into force..

The amendments include prison sentences of up to 10 years forSoldiers Those who flee or surrender themselves to the enemy without permission, or refuse to fight, or disobey orders in the mobilization stage.”.

Whoever engages in looting is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, according to Agence France-Presse.

These legislative amendments come after I decided to Russia This week, a partial mobilization of reservists with the aim of fighting in Ukraine, where Moscow’s forces have suffered defeats in recent weeks.

The decision to mobilize, which includes 300,000 people, according to the authorities, raised the concern of a large number of Russians, some of whom chose to leave the country.

Granting Russian citizenship to foreign fighters

And at a time when Moscow is seeking by all means to recruit more elements to fight in the country UkraineOn Saturday, Putin also signed a law facilitating the granting of Russian citizenship to foreigners who fight in the army.

This law, which was also issued in the Official Gazette, stipulated that foreigners who join the army for a period of not less than a year, can apply for citizenship, without having to prove their residence on Russian soil for five years..

It seems that this measure is directed especially to immigrants from the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, who in large cities, such as Moscow, practice very difficult occupations..

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Before Putin signed the law, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan this week called on their citizens “not to take part in any conflict.”.