September 15, 2022

High Treason in High Places


High Treason in High Places
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Seven Russian lawmakers have been summoned by the police after moving to charge President Putin with high treason for the invasion of Ukraine.

On September 7, the group of lawmakers sent out an official letter to the State Duma insisting that they initiate the impeachment of Putin due to the threat he has caused to Russia's security by starting the invasion of Ukraine.

The letter went on to describe how the war has not only threatened Russia's security but  has been detrimental in many ways to the country as a whole, such as the death of Russian soldiers, the damage to the economy and worsening economic conditions for citizens, the acceleration of NATO's expansion into Sweden and Finland, and how the war has only further militarized Ukraine.

The lawmakers received subpoenas via SMS on September 8, ordering them to the police department to fill out protocols on the charge of discrediting Russia's armed forces. Back in March, Putin signed a law that calls for lengthy prison terms for those who distribute "deliberately false information" about Russian military operations. Offenders face up to fifteen years in prison.

The law also makes it illegal "to make calls against the use of Russian troops to protect the interests of Russia" or "for discrediting such use." This law is what the lawmakers will most likely be charged with. The current penalty for this offense is imprisonment for up to three years.

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