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Putin signs package of amendments to Criminal Code on martial law and mobilisation


A package of amendments to the Criminal Code on martial law and mobilisation has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.


As reported today, Saturday, September 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law declaring the imprisonment of military personnel for up to 10 years for refusing to participate in hostilities, voluntary surrender, looting, and failure to appear for conscription.

All the corresponding document is published on the official state portal of legal information. According to Russian federal law, persons who violate the terms of a state contract for state defence orders are also subject to imprisonment for up to 10 years.

The law also provides for criminal liability with a term of imprisonment of up to 15 years for looting. In addition, crimes during the period of mobilisation, martial law, and hostilities, are now recognised as aggravating circumstances, as reported by

On September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a  partial mobilisation in the country, a corresponding decree was signed on the same day. According to the head of state, within the framework of partial mobilisation, only citizens from the reserve will be subject to conscription, primarily those who have experience.


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Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at

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