Russians could be forced into military service if arrested for protesting invasion of Ukraine

Russians could be forced into military service if arrested for protesting invasion of Ukraine.

Russians could be forced into military service if arrested for protesting the invasion of Ukraine.

A BILL could be passed in Russia that would force Russian residents into the military service if they are arrested for protesting their country’s invasion of Ukraine. Some people on social media believe that this is merely a scare tactic by authorities to stop “illegal actions against Russian special operations”.

According to reports, draft legislation about “conscripting anti-war protesters” was introduced by deputies of the minority party Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR).

The State Duma, which is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, rarely passes legislation introduced by parties other than the United Russia party. This means, according to a former BBC journalist, that it is most likely a scaremongering tactic “to keep people from protesting against the war”.

The bill, which was introduced by two deputies from the Liberal Democratic Party – Lugovoy and Nilov, is unlikely to be passed, according to Farida Rustamova.

An explanatory note to the legislation, obtained by Medusa, reads as follows:

“In our country, there are people who don’t agree with the military operation and are prepared to break the law in seeking to stop it.

“They spread knowingly false information about the course of the operation, they try in every way possible to discredit our Armed Forces and the political leadership of the country, they call for imposing sanctions against Russia, and they commit other illegal acts, that is, they actually oppose the establishment of peace and security on the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics.

“It seems that such persons should see with their own eyes what the Kyiv regime has turned the territories of these republics into.”

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