The State Duma will submit for consideration a bill providing for criminal liability for draft evasion during mobilization. With reference to the source reported newspaper “Izvestia”. Later co-author of the initiative Ernest Valeev informed Interfax details.
What will change the law. The proposed amendments to the Criminal Code provide for a fine of 200,000 to 500,000 rubles, or forced labor, or imprisonment for up to 5 years.
Responsibility, explained Valeev, will come only for those who evade mobilization after they have officially received a summons to the draft board.
Valeev added that the project closes a gap in the legislation. Now the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation provides for criminal liability only for evading conscription for military service.
Big Picture. The deputy noted that the initiative does not affect “partial mobilization”, “because it is officially announced that the mobilization is completed.”
“Partial mobilization” in Russia announced September 21 by decree of President Vladimir Putin. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu 28 October reported Putin on the completion of mobilization.
Head of the human rights group “Agora” Pavel Chikov notesthat a presidential decree is needed to complete the mobilization. Without it, at any moment, the Ministry of Defense can send new plans to the regions and active conscription operations will resume, Chikov adds. Government portal “Explain.RF” pointed outthat the mobilization is completed by presidential decree.
October 31 Putin declaredthat he “didn’t think” whether he needed to sign such a decree, and added that the mobilization was completed, “the end was set.” On November 1, Senator Andrei Klishas stated that no additional documents were required to complete the “partial mobilization”, writes TASS.
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