In Novosibirsk, within a month, the court sentenced six servicemen in cases of leaving a unit during the period of mobilization. Sibir.Realii drew attention to the reports from the court’s press service.
Nabijon Sadykov was tried on August 2. He received five and a half years in a penal colony for leaving his unit twice – from December 27, 2022 to January 16, 2023 and from January 16 to March 7, 2023.
The next day, the court sentenced Alexey Krivda to five years and one month in prison. According to investigators, he was absent from the unit from December 27 to February 15.
On August 9, the court gave Andrei Ivanov five years in a general regime colony for being absent from his unit from February 28 to April 3.
Vladimir Labzin received five and a half years in a penal colony for being absent from his unit from December 29 to January 20 and from April 17 to May 20. His trial took place on August 10th.
Also on August 16, the court sentenced Vasily Ananyev to five years in a penal colony. According to the investigation, he was not in the unit from December 10 to February 21.
Kirill Arslanov received a five-year suspended sentence. He left the unit on January 30, and on May 18 he was detained by officers of the Russian Guard. His trial took place on August 18.
As of the end of April 2023, Russian military courts had received 1,064 cases against conscientious objectors – military personnel who left their place of service without permission, refused to carry out orders, or deserted. The largest increase in criminal cases against refuseniks, according to Mediazona, occurred in March 2023 – then about 400 cases were sent to Russian garrison courts.
The largest number of cases against refuseniks, as journalists specify, were initiated under the article on unauthorized abandonment of a unit during mobilization (Article 337 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation): by the end of April, 951 cases had been received by the courts, of which decisions had already been made on 586. In second place are cases of failure to comply with an order during mobilization (Article 332 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation): 52 such cases are pending in the courts.