In relation to eight servicemen from the Kaliningrad region, who left the camp in the LPR with four machine guns and hitchhiked to Podolsk near Moscow, a criminal case was opened on desertion, Kommersant writes with reference to the investigation.
The alleged organizer of the escape, junior sergeant Yevgeny Kravchenko, was sent to a pre-trial detention center by decision of the 235th garrison military court of Moscow until February 27, and the rest of the servicemen were isolated in the military unit of the city of Chekhov-4.
Kravchenko is the main defendant in the case of desertion with a weapon committed during an armed conflict or combat operations (part 3 of article 338 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, from 5 to 15 years in prison).
Together with him, Corporal Dmitry Medvedev, sailor Alexander Babenko, as well as privates Nikolai Kolmachev, Alexander Eliseev, Igor Medvedev, Alexander Bogachenok and Denis Balakhin left the camp of those mobilized in the LPR.
At the end of December, eight mobilized from the Kaliningrad region with machine guns and machine guns in their hands came to the Podolsk police department and handed over their weapons, the Mash telegram channel wrote. The servicemen were called up during mobilization in the Kaliningrad region and were about to return home.
The police called military investigators, who sent the mobilized to one of the military units of the Moscow region to wait for the decision of the military prosecutor’s office. According to the detainees, they were mobilized on September 24 last year, and already on November 12 they were transferred to a field camp between the villages of Gladkovo and Malaya Aleksandrovka of the LPR.
Instead of preparing for participation in hostilities, the commanders used the mobilized for the construction of dugouts. At the same time, the servicemen were not provided with the most necessary things, including food and uniforms. After that, they were told that on December 24 they would be sent to the front line. Then the mobilized decided to leave the camp “to save life and health.”
On the evening of December 23, they bought food and civilian clothes and ordered a taxi to Lipetsk, where they spent the night. Then they got to Podolsk on passing minibuses. The choice of the direction of withdrawal was spontaneous, the mobilized wanted to get away from the combat zone, says Yevgeny Saveskul, junior sergeant Kravchenko’s lawyer.
“The ultimate goal was Kaliningrad, from where they were sent to the NVO zone. None of them was going to desert, but they didn’t want to fight unprepared either,” the lawyer said.