War in Ukraine: Kremlin’s gift to soldiers and officers

On Thursday evening, the Russian government published President Vladimir Putin’s decree on “specifications” of the anti-corruption rules for “certain citizens during special military operations” in Ukraine.

According to the text, members of the military, police and security services operating in Ukraine, as well as other civil servants deployed there, are no longer obliged to provide information on “their income, expenses, property”.

The move applies to “spouses and minor children” of the individuals involved and takes effect on February 24, 2022, the date the offensive in Ukraine began.

Additionally, those involved now have the right to receive “awards and donations” that are “of a humanitarian nature” and “received in connection with participation in military operations” in Ukraine.

The new arrangement is part of the Kremlin’s incentives to push Russians to fight in Ukraine: significant bonuses, banking and real estate facilities, and financial support for families in the event of death or injury.

In Russia, military personnel and officers close to the military-industrial complex are regularly convicted in high-level corruption and fraud cases.

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