Conscription in Russia is an obligation in times of war or during martial law and insubordination can be punished with a prison term of up to 15 years. A bill on this has just been approved. Furthermore, changes have been made to art. 332 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation concerning the “non-execution of an order”. Penalties of two to three years are now foreseen for a subordinate who opposes an order given by a superior “during a period of martial law, in wartime or in conditions of armed conflict or combat operations, as well as for refusing to participate in armed forces or hostilities “(WAR IN UKRAINE. LIVE UPDATES).
More harsh punishments even in case of disobedience
Disobeying orders is also a crime that has seen increased penalties that currently include arrest for up to six months or detention in a disciplinary military unit for up to two years. They now face between 3 and 10 years of imprisonment if the crime is committed “during martial law, in wartime or in conditions of armed conflict or combat operations, as well as for refusing to participate in military or hostile operations,” which have had serious consequences “.