Putin has signed a law to mobilize Russian citizens convicted of serious crimes


Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law mobilizing citizens with expunged 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 allows the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of people who have received a custodial sentence, or who have recently been released from the colonies where they were forbidden to serve.

The only group of criminals exempted from the decree are those who committed sexual crimes against minors, treason, espionage or terrorism. Also excluded are those convicted of attempted assassination of a government official, hijacking an airplane, extremist activity, and illegal handling of nuclear materials and radioactive substances.

President Vladmir Putin said on Friday that the Kremlin had already mobilized 18,000 more soldiers to fight in the war in Ukraine than the target of more than 300,000, from Russia’s overall male population.

Earlier this week, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced that all partial mobilization activities, including drafts, had been suspended after officials said the draft’s goal of recruiting 300,000 personnel had been met.

Moscow has mobilized a surplus of 18,000 troops with a goal of 300,000 to fight in the invasion of Ukraine, according to Putin.

However, Putin’s partial mobilization order will only end when the Russian president signs an official decree. Until then, it reserves the right to recruit more people for the military in the future.

The head of Russia’s notorious Wagner forces, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has apparently called inmates from Russian prisons to join the mercenary group to fight the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine.

The amendments signed by Putin have nothing to do with these alleged recruitments. Instead, the law applies to prisoners who have been sentenced to parole or released from prison. These people usually have to spend eight to ten years in the custody of the authorities until the conviction is overturned.

They cannot leave their place of residence and have to comply with various restrictions.