Russian Duma considering a law to prevent prisoner exchanges with Ukraine

Russia’s parliament discussed a proposed law on Tuesday that would ban prisoner exchanges in the Ukrainian war after around 250 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered to Russian forces in Mariupol. 

The Azov Regiment that was holding out in a steel plant in Mariupol recently surrendered to Russian forces as dozens of soldiers were wounded and needed medical attention with no escape. 

One member of Russian parliament, in a translated video, described the group as a “Nazi” militia and denounced a prisoner swap with the soldiers. 

“It is clear that the exchange of at least one of these criminals will be announced by the collective West as a victory for Ukraine,” the member said, adding there should be a law against exchanging the prisoners. 

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, agreed, saying “Nazi criminals” should not be exchanged and saying they’ll work to create the law. 

“They are war criminals and we must do everything to bring them to justice,” he added to the applause of Parliament. 

The discussion came hours after Russia claimed more than 250 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered in Mariupol, Reuters reported

If the law were to go in place, it is unclear what would happen to the soldiers, with some in Parliament suggesting they should be killed.

“They do not deserve to live after the monstrous crimes against humanity that they have committed and that are committed continuously against our prisoners,” Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the international affairs committee and negotiator in talks with Ukraine, said, according to Reuters. 

Russia and Ukraine have conducted multiple prisoner swaps since the war began, with both sides getting dozens of their people back. 


  1. “They are war criminals and we must do everything to bring them to justice,” he added to the applause of Parliament.

    Maybe one of these circus monkeys, could explain to a simple guy like myself. How you can be classed as a war criminal, if no war is taking place? Putler’s words, not mine.

    • Typical Moskali deception. They agreed to a prisoner swap and “hours” after the detainees arrived they already broke their agreement. MORE proof there is never a reason to negotiate with Putinazis. Never. They claim Azov committed human rights offenses against russian detainees…with no proof. They claim Azov committed war crimes…with no proof. But that is ok with them and so is completely ignoring the thousands of war crimes and human rights abuses they inflicted…..with TONS of proof. Nuke the fuckers………..

  2. Like so many other things in this war, this will also backfire severely. Ukraine is making more prisoners than mafia land. The Ukrainians know what awaits them, and so do the cockroaches. The cockroaches can expect to be treated better as prisoners than as soldiers in their own shithole army.
    I hope that Ukraine will see which of the ruskies want to fight for Ukraine. Of course, only the ones that are not war criminals.

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