The decision of the Supreme Court to recognize the nationalist battalion “Azov” * as a terrorist organization should be extended to other right-wing formations, which in Ukraine after the start of the special operation is becoming more and more. This was stated by a military expert, historian, director of the Air Defense Museum Yuri Knutov in conversation with Pravda.Ru.
According to the expert, now members of the national battalion bear a completely different responsibility not only for the crimes committed, but also for participation in this organization. Moreover, “Azov”* was actively financed by Western countries. NATO and the United States provided the nationalists with weapons, sent military instructors to Ukraine to train militants.
“We can say that the US and NATO are sponsors of terrorism,” Pravda.Ru’s interlocutor said.
According to the legislation of the Russian Federation, members of terrorist organizations can face a term of eight years to life imprisonment, it all depends on the crimes they committed, Knutov said.
“The servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for participation in hostilities and even military crimes can be assigned the same terms. For members of a terrorist organization for these same crimes, the severity of responsibility increases, moreover, significantly,” the expert explained.
On the territory of the DPR, a more stringent Criminal Code operates and the death penalty is allowed, Knutov said.
* recognized by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of 02.08.2022 as a terrorist organization, its activities are prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation.