Russian soldiers can refuse to fight?

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In summary, Russian soldiers may refuse to fight due to various reasons, such as dissatisfaction with their government or military leadership, lack of proper training or equipment, or conflicting personal beliefs. It is not clear how common refusing to fight is among Russian soldiers, but there have been notable cases in the past. The consequences for refusing to fight can vary, including disciplinary action and social stigma. While the Russian military code of conduct requires soldiers to follow orders without question, there are provisions for refusing to carry out illegal or immoral orders. Other militaries also have similar codes of conduct, but some countries have provisions for conscientious objectors.
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According to this article from The Guardian russian "troops" can refuse to fight and expect "light" punishment as the country is not officially at war.

I cannot help but wonder why any russian soldiers would fight at all then? Surely this cannot be true?

Proscripted soldiers probably don't have this "choice"...
 
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This is likely fake news, and will almost certainly not lead to a useful discussion. Thread is locked.
 
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Related to Russian soldiers can refuse to fight?

1. What are the reasons why Russian soldiers can refuse to fight?

There are several reasons why Russian soldiers may refuse to fight, including moral objections to the conflict, concerns about the safety and well-being of their fellow soldiers, and doubts about the legitimacy of the orders they have been given.

2. Are there any consequences for Russian soldiers who refuse to fight?

Yes, there can be consequences for Russian soldiers who refuse to fight. They may face disciplinary action, such as demotion or imprisonment, and could potentially be charged with treason or desertion.

3. Do Russian soldiers have the right to refuse to fight under international law?

Under international law, soldiers have the right to refuse to participate in a conflict if they have a conscientious objection. However, this right is not always recognized or respected by all countries, including Russia.

4. How common is it for Russian soldiers to refuse to fight?

It is difficult to determine the exact frequency of Russian soldiers refusing to fight, as this information is not always publicly available. However, there have been instances of soldiers refusing to participate in conflicts, particularly in cases where they have strong moral objections to the conflict.

5. Can Russian soldiers be forced to fight against their will?

In most cases, Russian soldiers are expected to follow orders and can be punished for refusing to fight. However, there have been instances where soldiers have successfully appealed to their superiors or the government to be excused from fighting due to personal or moral reasons.

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