The Barnaul garrison military court found reserve major Mikhail Zhilin guilty of desertion (part 3 of article 338 of the Criminal Code) and illegal crossing of the Russian border (part 1 of article 322 of the Criminal Code) and sentenced him to six and a half years in a strict regime colony with deprivation of military rank . About it reported press service of the 2nd Eastern District Military Court. The verdict did not enter into force.
According to the investigation, Mikhail Zhilin, fearing that he would be sent to the zone of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, falsely informed the command about his disability. The man sold his property and in September last year, bypassing the checkpoint, crossed the Russian state border. He was detained by border guards.
Novaya Gazeta Europe wrote that Mikhail Zhilin worked as an engineer at the Center for Special Communications and Information of the FSO in Novosibirsk. He made the decision to move to Kazakhstan after the announcement of partial mobilization in Russia. The Russian Federation and Kazakhstan accused the man of illegally crossing the border. The Russian side also brought charges of desertion against Mikhail Zhilin and put him on the international wanted list. On December 30, 2022, he was deported to Russia.
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