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Russia increases responsibility for crimes against military service

CrimeaPRESS reports:

The State Duma introduced the concepts of «mobilization», «martial law» and «wartime» into the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Four new articles will appear in the Criminal Code: «Voluntary surrender» , «Looting» , «Unauthorized abandonment of part during the period of mobilization and martial law «, » Failure to comply with the order «. Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation provide for punishment up to , or even years of imprisonment. The State Duma adopted the document in three readings at once. The Federation Council may approve all the amendments tomorrow.

The amendments, in particular, introduce a whole set of new articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: “Voluntary surrender” (article 201.1) — up to years of imprisonment and «Looting» (Article 356.1) — up to years of imprisonment.

The list of aggravating circumstances includes the commission of a crime “during the period of mobilization or martial law, in wartime” (Article ). For example, the unauthorized abandonment of a unit during the period of mobilization and martial law (Article 337 of the Criminal Code) will entail a more severe punishment:

  • from two to days — up to 5 years in prison, and not up to one year;
  • from up to one month — up to 7 years in prison, and not up to three years;
  • more than a month — from 5 to years colonies, and not up to five years.

In accordance with the document, “non-fulfillment by a subordinate of the order of the chief … during a period of martial law, in wartime or in conditions of an armed conflict or combat operations, as well as refusal to participate in military or hostilities” will be punished by imprisonment for up to three years. And in the event of serious consequences — up to years.

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Refuseniks also fall under the article. Non-fulfillment by a subordinate of an order of a superior given in the prescribed manner, during a period of martial law, in wartime or in conditions of an armed conflict or combat operations, as well as refusal to participate in military or hostilities, is proposed to be punished with imprisonment for a term of two to three years ( Part 2.1 of Article 15 of the Criminal Code).

For voluntary surrender (in the absence of signs of treason) will face imprisonment for a term of three to years. At the same time, as emphasized in the document, “a serviceman who has committed a crime under this article for the first time may be exempted from criminal liability if he took measures for his release, returned to his unit or place of service and did not commit others while in captivity crimes.”

For looting in wartime conditions, up to six years in prison will be threatened, and the maximum sanction, if the crime was committed with the infliction of grievous bodily harm or murder, or the damage was caused on an especially large scale, up to 15 years.

A group of articles is introduced on non-execution of the state defense order and violation of the terms of the state contract (articles 15 .2, 201.3, 15.5, 285.6 UK). Disruption of the state defense order — depending on the type of crime, it implies punishment from 8 to years in prison.

According to the press service of the State Duma.

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