“Humanization of criminal law”: in the Russian Federation they want to legally send criminals to war
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Convicted Russians who show “courage and heroism” in the war in Ukraine are promised a pardon.
The Federation Council of the Russian Federation has developed a bill that will allow convicted Russians to go to war against Ukraine instead of prison, Russian media reported. Such a law is considered relevant, as it “meets the interests of the country's security and the principles of humanization of criminal legislation.”
If the Criminal Code of Russia is supplemented with Article 82.2, convicts will be able to receive a reprieve from punishment if they agree to participate in hostilities.< /p>
The co-author of the bill, Senator from Crimea Olga Kovitidi explained that in the war, criminals will be able to earn a pardon. To do this, you need to show “courage and heroism” or at least conscientiously fulfill your duties, “proving the correction.”
Whom do they not want to take to war?
Count on replacing the prison with participation in the war several categories of convicts will not be able to. The proposed article of the Criminal Code will not apply to opponents of the current government, namely, persons convicted of:
- calls or participation in mass riots;
- violation of the rules for holding rallies;
- public actions to discredit the RF Armed Forces;
- propaganda of Nazi symbols;
- calls for sanctions against the Russian Federation;
- dissemination of deliberately false information about the use of the RF Armed Forces.
Kovitidi believes that the bill will also eliminate a gap in the legislation related to the announced mobilization. According to her, now Russians serving sentences in the form of compulsory, corrective or forced labor, as well as those sentenced to restriction of freedom, “in fact, enjoy a deferment from conscription for military service for mobilization.”
Note that according to As of September 1, 2022, the number of imprisoned Russians amounted to 463,964 people.
In addition to Prigozhin, unknown people continue to recruit prisoners from correctional colonies in Russia. The administrations of the colonies are trying to hide this by declaring a quarantine in order not to let lawyers and human rights activists into the territory.