The Russian government appears to be acknowledging and working to address the growing issue of Russian servicemen, particularly convict recruits, committing violent crimes once they return home to Russia.

Mrs. Nina Ostanina, Chairperson of the State Duma (Russia’s lower chamber of parliament) Committee for Family Protection, Issues of Paternity, Maternity, and Childhood, told Russian outlet Gazeta.Ru on June 19 that the Russian government needs to take steps to protect society from Russian convicts returning from the frontlines in Ukraine to Russia, RBC reports.

Mrs. Ostanina noted that there have been several cases of pardoned convicts returning to Russia and murdering children and urged Russian law enforcement to step in and prevent these crimes.  Ostanina called on Russian lawmakers to propose a bill requiring pardoned convicts who serve in the Russian military to have regular contact with Russian law enforcement and warned that there will be more of these crimes if the Russian government does not take action.  

Ostalina calls for monitoring law for released inmates after Ukraine operations

"In light of the reduced socialization period for inmates released after participating in military operations in Ukraine, a law should be enacted to monitor them," Ostalina stated.

This statement comes in the wake of the arrest of a suspect in the murder of a 12-year-old girl in the city of Topki, Kemerovo oblast.

RIA Novosti says the man had previously been convicted of murder, participated in the special operation, was captured, and then returned as part of a prisoner exchange.  The agency's source speculated that he was either on leave or had escaped from his military unit.

Ostalina believes that such crimes "will only increase."