(CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law to recruit citizens with pending or unexempt convictions for murder, robbery, larceny, drug trafficking and other serious crimes under the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation to be called into service military to mobilize.
This makes it possible to mobilize hundreds of thousands of people, who have been sentenced to parole or recently released from colonias, who were previously barred from serving.
The only group of criminals exempt from the decree are those who committed sexual crimes against minors, treason, espionage or terrorism. Also excluded are those convicted of attempted murder of a government official, hijacking of an aircraft, extremist activity, and illegal handling of nuclear materials and radioactive substances.
President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the Kremlin had already mobilized an additional 18,000 troops above its target of 300,000 to fight his war in Ukraine.
Earlier this week, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that all partial mobilization activities, including convocation deliveries, had been suspended after officials said the target of recruiting 300,000 people had been met.
However, Putin’s partial mobilization order will only end when the Russian president signs an official decree. Until then, it reserves the right to recruit more people for compulsory military service in the future.
The head of Russia’s notorious Wagner forces, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has apparently summoned prisoners from Russian jails to join the group of mercenaries in fighting the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine.
The amendments signed by Putin have nothing to do with these alleged recruitments. Instead, the law applies to prisoners who were conditionally sentenced or released from the colonies. These people usually must remain under the supervision of the authorities for eight to ten years until the sentence is canceled.
They are not allowed to leave their place of residence and must comply with various restrictions.