The military commissar of Moscow warns lawyers who help to illegally avoid mobilization about punishment. According to a document signed by military commissar Viktor Shchepilov, proposals are being actively circulated in Moscow on behalf of lawyers and other lawyers to assist citizens in evading military conscription for mobilization. “In particular, indirectly or directly, it is proposed to issue fictitious documents that are the basis for exemption from conscription for military service for mobilization, assistance in evading conscription for military service, advice on evasion, mediation in evasion issues,” it was reported.
The military commissar notes that, in accordance with Art. 328 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, evasion of military and alternative civilian service is a criminally punishable act, and according to Art. 33 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, the organizer, accomplice and instigator of a crime may be held criminally liable. “In addition, such proposals contain information, the dissemination of which falls under Art. 280.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Public actions aimed at discrediting the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in order to protect the interests of the Russian Federation and its citizens, maintain international peace and security, or exercise their powers by state bodies of the Russian Federation for these purposes”). And in accordance with Art. 59 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the defense of the Fatherland is the duty and obligation of a citizen of Russia, ”the military commissar writes.
The Military Commissar appealed to the President of the Moscow Bar Association Igor Polyakov and the Council of the Moscow Bar Association with a request to form and disseminate the public position of the Moscow Bar Association on the inadmissibility of assisting citizens to evade conscription for military service, as well as to conduct explanatory work with all bar associations operating in Moscow, to inform about signs of crimes in this area, as well as “taking measures provided for by the federal law of May 31, 2002 No. 63-FZ “On advocacy and advocacy in the Russian Federation”, including the termination of the status of a lawyer in accordance with Art. 17 of the said federal law.