Russia goes into martial law. Putin signed the law

RIA Novosti reported that Vladimir Putin signed a law on economic measures to strengthen the military. Companies can’t decline government contracts, and employees must work nights and holidays.

The law allows the government to introduce special economic measures to support Russian armed forces during “anti-terrorist and other operations” outside the country, reports the Russian state agency.

Under the new legislation, companies cannot refuse to sign contracts for public procurement or state defence operations.

The Russian government can establish a “legal control of labour relations in specific organisations” that allows night, weekend, and holiday employment.

The Russian government introduced a law on economic special measures on June 30. The document was accepted by the Duma on July 6 and the Federation Council two days later.