Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to mobilize citizens with indelible or outstanding convictions for murder, robbery, theft, drug trafficking and other serious crimes under the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for military service.
This makes it possible to mobilize hundreds of thousands of people sentenced to probation or recently released from colonies previously banned from serving.
The only group of criminals exempt from the decree are those who have committed underage sexual offenses, treason, espionage or terrorism. Also excluded are those convicted of attempted murder of a government official, hijacking an aircraft, extremist activities and illegal handling of nuclear and radioactive materials.
President Vladmir Putin said on Friday the Kremlin had already mobilized an additional 18,000 soldiers beyond its target of 300,000 to fight in its war in Ukraine from Russia’s general male population.
Earlier this week, Russia’s defense ministry announced that all partial mobilization activities, including the delivery of subpoenas, had been suspended after officials said the design’s goal of recruiting 300,000 personnel had been met.
However, Putin’s partial mobilization order will not end until the Russian president signs an official decree. Until then, he reserves the right to recruit more people for military service in the future.
The head of Russia’s infamous Wagner forces, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has apparently called on inmates from Russian prisons to join the mercenary group in the fight against the Kremlin in Ukraine.
The amendments signed by Putin are unrelated to these alleged recruitments. Instead, the law applies to prisoners who are on probation or released from colonies. These people usually have to remain under the supervision of the authorities for eight to 10 years until the conviction is revoked.
They are not allowed to leave their place of residence and must meet various restrictions.