The Ulan-Ude Garrison Military Court sentenced the mobilized Zorigto Arabzhaev to five years in a general regime colony in the case of desertion (Article 338 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) due to a forged death certificate. Sibir.Realii writes about this.
According to investigators, Arabzhaev did not return to duty from vacation in March of this year. While on leave, the mobilized man decided not to return to his unit and bought a certificate of his own death, which stated that he died on March 7, 2023 in Irkutsk.
When military police officers came to Arabzhaev’s home, his son showed them his father’s death certificate. Later, the police determined that the document presented to them was fake, and then, in May of this year, they detained the serviceman.
In court, the mobilized man explained that he did not want to return to service because of the emotional state of his wife, who threatened him with suicide and spoke “of a negative emotional state due to fears for his life.” In September 2022, the eldest son of the Arabzhaevs died in an accident, and two months later the man was mobilized.
In the first half of 2023, Russian garrison courts handed down a record number of sentences to military personnel in criminal cases – 2,726. Most of them were in cases of unauthorized abandonment of a unit during the period of mobilization (Article 337 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Thus, on November 22, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur garrison military court sentenced the mobilized Roman Egorov to 10 years in a maximum security colony in the case of AWOL and desertion. As Mediazona emphasizes, the sentence to the Khabarovsk conscript was the most severe of all known under the article on unauthorized abandonment of the unit. Before this, the “record” sentence imposed was nine years – such a sentence was handed down by a military court in the Primorsky Territory in June 2023 against the mobilized Andrei Divisenko.