The Second Western District Military Court has toughened the sentence of the former mobilized Alexander Leshkov, who beat an officer in the Patriot park near Moscow, from 5.5 to 7 years in a strict regime colony, TASS reports.
Leshkov was found guilty of beating a commander during his military service duties (Part 3 of Article 334 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) in January of this year.
The man was arrested in mid-November last year. The garrison military court in Odintsovo, near Moscow, opened a criminal case against him under two articles – on violence against a superior soldier during the period of mobilization (part 3 of article 334 of the Criminal Code) and on insulting a superior soldier (part 2 of article 336 of the Criminal Code). The punishment under Article 334 is up to 15 years in prison.
The video of how the mobilized calls the training in the center “profanity” and sabotage of the orders of the commander-in-chief, as well as using obscene words and pushing the commander, was widely distributed on social networks. The temple of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, against which the dispute took place, got into the frame. As Radio Liberty clarified, the officer against whom Leshkov is accused of insulting and violence is Denis Mazanov, his rank is lieutenant colonel.
The entry that formed the basis of the case against the mobilized was made on November 13 during a drill review. Leshkov, in particular, expressed dissatisfaction with the organization of the service, the provision of clothing and fire training for the mobilized – for example, the fact that firing is carried out at an imaginary enemy, and not at targets. “Why are we not given army body armor, but this Chinese masturbation. How to fight with this? Why do the guys themselves buy unloading, first-aid kits, shrews?” – among other things Leshkov asked the officer.
Other mobilized supported Leshkov, and he himself said that he expressed the opinion of the entire team.
From the beginning of mobilization (which Vladimir Putin announced on September 21 and did not issue an official decree to stop it), both those called to the front and their relatives reported that the mobilized receive outdated weapons, old-style uniforms and lack the most necessary things. In different regions of Russia, a collection of “humanitarian aid” is announced for those mobilized before being sent to the war in Ukraine, many of them buy uniforms, first-aid kits and other things on their own.
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