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WorldAsiaPutin signed the Martial Law Violation Sanctions Act

Putin signed the Martial Law Violation Sanctions Act

For violation of martial law, citizens and officials can be detained for 30 days and fined – the corresponding law was signed on June 24 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Document text published on the official legal information portal.

The law signed by the Head of State provides for changes to Article 3.9 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (“Administrative arrest”), where after the words “state of emergency” an addition “martial law” appeared, and a new Article 20.51 (“Violation of Martial Law”).

Accordingly, in the event of a violation of the martial law regime, if it does not entail criminal liability, a penalty is provided for in the form of arrest for up to 30 days and a fine:

500-1000 rubles – for citizens, 1000-2000 rubles – for officials.

If a vehicle was used for the offence, the law authorizes its confiscation.

The accompanying memorandum to the law clarifies that employees of the federal executive authorities and their territorial divisions, as well as regional executive authorities and military command bodies that enforce the martial law regime, may detain violators of the martial law regime.

Currently, as part of a military coup attempt undertaken by Wagner’s PMC fighters under the leadership of its founder Yevgeny Prigozhin, a counter-terrorist operations (CTO) regime has been introduced in several regions of Russia. Roskomnadzor warned that internet disruptions may occur in the zone of this regime.

In Moscow, where the CTO regime was introduced, graduation ceremonies were postponed for a week and ship traffic along the Moscow River was temporarily suspended. In addition, many objects of mass visitation were closed in the capital: for example, the Pushkin Museum announced the cessation of work for technical reasons. In addition, in regions where the CTO regime has been introduced, all mass events related to the celebration of Youth Day have been canceled.

It is not yet necessary to introduce a martial law regime in Russian regions, said Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Duma Defense Committee. “There is no need to wait for martial law. So far I am talking mainly about the Moscow region and Russia. In Rostov-on-Don the situation is slightly different, but even there , in my opinion, there is no need to introduce martial law yet,” he said.

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