TOP LEGAL EVENTS OF THE LAST WEEK
The Kremlin continues to militarise Russian society. Russian legislator has proposed granting amnesty from criminal responsibility for mobilised personnel and contract soldiers to replenish its army reserves. Such "innovative ideas" have been previously used by the Wagner Private Military Company and have led to the fact that released individuals are regularly mentioned in criminal reports. They plan to provide the territorial defence forces with combat weapons for protecting the borders and put various "volunteer" formations under the control of the Ministry of Defence.
The State Duma will consider a bill exempting mobilised personnel from punishment for committed crimes Mobilised personnel and contract soldiers who have committed minor and moderately severe crimes will be exempted from criminal responsibility from the day of their discharge from service or receipt of a state award. The commanders of military units will have to apply for suspension or termination of criminal cases against military personnel.
The Russian authorities have put forward an initiative to create a unified information space in the occupied territories of Ukraine In the annexed parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions of Ukraine and the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, work is underway to "reformat" the information space. There is a plan to create a "channel of verified information" in each of these territories.
Shoigu signed an order in which all "volunteer squads" must sign contracts with the Russian Ministry of Defence by July 1 Sergei Shoigu signed an order that defines the procedure for organising the service activities of "volunteer organisations." The document stipulates that "volunteer squads" must sign contracts with the Ministry of Defence by July 1 this year.
The State Duma is preparing a bill on arming the border militias The parliamentary faction of the SRZP is preparing a draft law. It states that territorial defence units may be granted the right to use combat firearms.