Russia’s Sakhalin court gives three-year sentence to soldier who fled his military unit due to not wanting to fight in Ukraine war

The city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Garrison Military Court has sentenced a serviceman, last name Sannikov, to three years in a settlement colony over charges of going AWOL. The corresponding statement was posted on the court’s website.

“On 24 July 2022, Sannikov, with the goal of temporarily evading his military duties and wishing to avoid being deployed to the special military operation [combat] zone and spend his time idly, went absent without leave from the place of his temporary deployment in the Belgorod region military unit,” was said during his court hearing.

According to the investigation, Sannikov “spent his time doing whatever he wanted” for a month in the town of Lysva, Perm region, and other cities. On 31 August, an ambulance brought him to the Sakhalin regional hospital in the state of “acute alcohol intoxication”. He was later detained there.

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On 6 December, the city of Veliky Novgorod Garrison Military Court sentenced a soldier for going AWOL during mobilisation. Danila Ivanov, a soldier from Veliky Novgorod, was given five years of suspended sentence for going AWOL for over a month. Ivanov was accused of leaving a military unit in the Belgorod region on 29 April and coming back voluntarily only on 26 September, after mobilisation had been announced in Russia.

A court in the town of Solnechnogorsk, Moscow region, sentenced soldier Alexey Sozonov over similar charges. He received four years of suspended sentence for going AWOL.

Another case happened in th city of Murmansk, where on 14 December, a court found Maxim Malishev, accused of deserting during mobilisation and attempting to cross a border illegally, guilty.

On 16 December, the city of Chelyabinsk Garrison Military Court sentenced a contract serviceman to five years behind bars for failing to show up at a military unit after mobilisation had been announced.

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