Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed amendments toughening penalties for voluntary surrender, desertion and refusal to fight by up to 10 years in prison, just days after ordering a partial mobilisation. The announcement of the mobilisation of 300,000 reservists on Wednesday sparked protests across Russia and a fresh exodus out of the country. A day before, Russia's parliament had approved amendments toughening penalties for military crimes in times of mobilisation. Now that the legislation is signed, servicemen who desert, surrender «without authorisation», refuse to fight or disobey orders can face up to ten years imprisonment. Looting will be punishable by 15 years imprisonment. The changes come as the Kremlin seeks to bolster the ranks of its army fighting a military operation in Ukraine. A separate law, also signed on Saturday, facilitates access to Russian citizenship for foreigners who enlist in the Russian army. Foreigners who spend at least a year in the Russian army will be eligible to request citizenship, bypassing the normal requirement for five years of residency in the country. This measure seems primarily aimed at Central Asian migrants from former Soviet republics, who are typically hired for strenuous, low-paying jobs. On Tuesday Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced the opening of a recruitment centre in the Sakharovo migration centre, an important passage point for migrants. Even before the law came into effect, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan had warned their citizens not to take part in any armed conflicts. © Agence France-Presse
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