The Russian government appears to recognize the growing problem of Russian military personnel, especially convicted recruits, and is working to commit violent crimes once they return to Russia.

Ms. Nina Ostanina, Chairman of the State Duma (the Russian House of Representatives) Committee on Family Protection, Issues of Paternity, Motherhood and Childhood, told the Russian newspaper Gazeta.Ru on June 19 that the Russian government must take steps to protect society from Russian convicts returning from the front lines in Ukraine to Russia, RBC reports.

Noting that there have been several cases of pardoned convicts returning to Russia and killing children, Ms. Ostanina urged Russian law enforcement officials to intervene and prevent these crimes. Ostanina called on Russian lawmakers to propose a bill that would require pardoned convicts serving in the Russian military to have regular contact with Russian law enforcement. She warned that more such crimes will occur if the Russian government does not take action.

Ostalina calls for supervision of legislation for released prisoners after operations in Ukraine

“In light of the shorter socialization period for prisoners released after participating in military operations in Ukraine, a law should be passed to control them,” Ostalina said.

This statement comes in the wake of the arrest of a suspect in the murder of a 12-year-old girl in the town 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 source speculated that he was on leave or had escaped from his military unit.

Ostalina believes such crimes “will only increase.”