Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has signed a law allowing people with unfinished or pending sentences for murder, robbery, larceny, drug trafficking, and other serious crimes under the Russian Federation’s Criminal Code to be called up for military service in preparation for the war in Ukraine.
With the new law, hundreds of thousands of people who were previously prohibited from serving but were on probation or had just been released from a colony can now be mobilized.
Only individuals convicted of sex offenses against minors, treason, spying, terrorism, attempted assassination of a public figure, hijacking an airplane, extremist activity, and illegal handling of nuclear and radioactive materials are immune from the order.
Putin said that the Kremlin had already recruited 18,000 more soldiers from the general male population of Russia than its initial goal of 300,000 to fight in its conflict in Ukraine.
After the Russian Ministry of Defense declared that the 300,000 recruitment goal for the draft had been reached, all partial mobilization efforts, including summons distribution, had been halted.
Putin’s partial mobilization order won’t cease until he issues a formal decree, even though the mobilization objective was achieved. He reserves the ability to later enlist more persons into military service till then.