Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to recruit citizens with pending or unexpunged convictions for murder, robbery, theft, drug trafficking and other serious crimes under the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation to be summoned for the military service to mobilize.
This makes it possible to mobilize hundreds of thousands of people who have been sentenced to parole or who have recently been released from prisons where they were previously prohibited from serving.
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 the attempted assassination of a government official, the hijacking of an airplane, extremist activity and the illegal handling of nuclear materials and radioactive substances.
President Vladmir Putin said on Friday that the Kremlin had already mobilized an additional 18,000 troops above its target of 300,000 to fight its war in Ukraine from Russia’s overall male population.
Earlier this week, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that all partial mobilization activities, including subpoena deliveries, had been suspended after officials said the draft’s goal had been met to recruit 300,000 people.
However, Putin’s partial mobilization order will only end when the Russian president signs an official decree. Until then, we reserve the right to recruit more people for military conscription in the future.
The head of Russia’s notorious Wagner forces, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has apparently conscripted prisoners from Russian prisons to join the mercenary group in fighting the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine.
The amendments signed by Putin have nothing to do with these alleged hirings. Instead, the law applies to prisoners who were given conditional sentences or released from prison. These people usually remain under the supervision of the authorities for eight to ten years until the conviction is overturned.
They are not allowed to leave their place of residence and have to comply with various restrictions.