Putin signs law to recruit Russian citizens convicted of serious crimes

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a law that allows for the recruitment of citizens with pending or unexpunged convictions for various serious crimes.

Russians convicted of murder, robbery, theft, drug trafficking and other serious crimes under the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation can be called up for military service under the law.

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This makes it possible to mobilize hundreds of thousands of people who have been sentenced to probation or who have recently been released from colonies that were previously prohibited from serving.

The only group of criminals exempt from the decree are those who have committed sexual crimes against minors, treason, espionage or terrorism.

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Also excluded are those convicted of attempted murder of a government official, hijacking an aircraft, extremist activity and illegal handling of nuclear materials and radioactive substances.

The Kremlin has already mobilized 18,000 more troops above its target of 300,000 to fight its war in Ukraine from Russia’s general male population, Putin said on Friday.

Source: CNN Brasil

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