The Supreme Court docket ruling permits for prolonged jail phrases for the members of the battalion.
Russia’s prime court docket has designated the Azov Regiment, a former volunteer battalion with far-right roots that was formally built-in into Ukraine’s military, a “terrorist” organisation.
The ruling by the Supreme Court docket on Tuesday permits for prolonged jail phrases for the members of Azov, who’re accused of harbouring neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideology.
In line with Russia’s legal code, members of “terrorist” teams can resist 10 years in jail, whereas their leaders and organisers may be jailed for as much as 20 years.
Azov has been one of the outstanding Ukrainian navy formations combating alongside the military towards Russian troops in jap Ukraine.
Beforehand primarily based within the jap Ukrainian port metropolis of Mariupol, lots of the regiment’s personnel had been captured by Russian forces when town fell in Could after an virtually three-month-long siege.
Officers within the so-called Donetsk Individuals’s Republic, the Russian-backed entity which claims Mariupol as a part of its territory, mentioned in Could that captured Azov Regiment fighters might face the demise penalty underneath the self-proclaimed republic’s legal guidelines.
Azov was formally integrated into Ukraine’s Nationwide Guard in 2014 because it helped battle Kremlin-backed separatists in jap Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin referenced the presence of such models throughout the Ukrainian navy as one of many causes for launching his so-called “particular navy operation … to de-militarise and denazify Ukraine” on February 24.
Ukraine and its allies say Putin’s declare is a blatant pretext for a warfare of aggression.
Azov has denied it adheres to Nazi ideology as an entire, however Nazi symbols such because the swastika and SS regalia are rife on the uniforms and our bodies of its members.