The Molchanovsky District Court of the Tomsk Region has given a three-year suspended sentence to former prisoner Nikolai Mutsin, who was recruited in the colony for the war in Ukraine. The TV2 channel drew attention to the publication of the decision in July.
Mutsin from the village of Molchanovo had eight convictions before participating in the war, starting in 2011. They were appointed because of thefts and robberies of rural shops, the post office and fellow villagers (Articles 158 and 161 of the Criminal Code).
In October 2021, the villager was sentenced to a year and eight months in a strict regime colony, and in November 2022, Putin issued a decree pardoning him. Probably at that time the man joined the Wagner PMC.
After participating in the war, Mutsin returned to the village and robbed a fellow villager – a disabled person of the first group. At night, together with a friend, he broke into his house, picked up a hook on the door with a stick and demanded to give all the alcohol.
Having been refused, Mutsin began to search the room, found a purse under the sofa and took 1,050 rubles from there. The robbers left, and Mutsin said to a friend, showing the money: “Here, there is already a hangover.” They were detained on the same morning (paragraph “c” of Part 2 of Article 161 of the Criminal Code).
As an mitigating circumstance, the court calculated that Mutsin “participated in military operations to defend the Fatherland” and that he had military decorations.