The Russian judiciary classifies the Ukrainian Azov regiment as a terrorist organization. This threatens fighters captured in Russia with long prison terms.
The Supreme Court of Russia classified the Azov regiment as a “terrorist organization”. A judge told TASS news agency that the activity of “paramilitary Azov units” has increased.
Azov fighters face long prison terms
The decision is legally binding with immediate effect. This means that members of the ex-combat volunteer group, which was integrated into the Ukrainian army years ago, could face long prison terms in the future.
According to Russian law, members of “terrorist” groups face up to 10 years in prison, and their leaders up to 20 years in prison.
The Azov regiment has ultra-nationalist and far-right roots. However, he broke up with his radical right-wing founder some time ago. In 2014, the combat group was officially integrated into the Ukrainian National Guard.
Many Azov warriors in Russian captivity
The Russian leadership continues to point to the Azov regiment in support of their claims that they are fighting neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Here it is
The Azov regiment is one of the most famous military formations fighting against Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian soldiers, including numerous Azov fighters, surrendered in May after the Azov steelworks in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol was besieged for weeks. 2,500 fighters were later captured by Russian units.
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