The Abakan Garrison Military Court sentenced two servicemen Chayan Sagda and Solaan Sambu-Kho to 5 and 5.5 years in a general regime colony, respectively. They were found guilty of voluntarily leaving their place of service during the period of mobilization. This is reported by “Nastojachese Vremya” with reference to the press service of the court.
According to the prosecution, in June 2023, Sagdy did not return on time from vacation to the location of the unit, having spent two months at home. Later, he independently came to the military enlistment office, after which a case was opened against him.
Sambu-Hoo is accused of leaving his post “without valid reasons” in January 2023. In August of the same year, the serviceman himself came to the military headquarters, where he was taken into custody.
In September 2022, with the start of mobilization for the war against Ukraine, the Russian authorities tightened criminal liability for failure to comply with an order, beating of a commander, desertion, desertion, violation of service rules, and loss of military property. Most of the articles provide for punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of up to 10-15 years. In particular, an article on resistance to the chief during the period of hostilities or mobilization appeared in the criminal code. It also provides for up to 15 years of imprisonment.
The publication “Mediazon” estimated that in 2023, Russian military courts received more than five thousand criminal cases about the involuntary abandonment of a unit.