Russian President Vladimir Putin is attempting to recruit no less than 50,000 convicts to affix the struggle in Ukraine, in accordance with a report in The Guardian. The recruitments are being carried out by Yevgeny Prigozhin the pinnacle of mercenary outfit referred to as the Wagner Group, the outlet additional mentioned. The report comes on a day when Mr Putin, in a televised deal with, introduced partial mobilisation of its two-million-strong army reserves to defend Russia and its territories, claiming that the West desires to destroy Russia and didn’t need peace in Ukraine.
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One of the inmates of a penal colony within the Tanbov area, 482 kilometres from capital Moscow, informed The Guardian that Prigozhin arrived in a chopper. “We couldn’t believe our eyes that he would really come all the way to visit us. But there he was standing in front of us: Prigozhin, in the flesh, urging us to join the Wagner private military group and fight in Ukraine,” he added.
Last week, a video of a person resembling Prigozhin went viral on social media. The New York Times carried a report on it, saying that the Wagner Group chief defined to Russian convicts how they may earn their freedom by combating in Ukraine.
In this video from #Russia, oligarch Prigozhin, who’s near Putin and runs the Wagner non-public army firm, is pitching to jail inmates, attempting to recruit them for his PMC to deploy within the #war in opposition to #Ukraine:
— Alex Kokcharov (@AlexKokcharov) September 14, 2022
The Guardian report mentioned 120 inmates signed up and at the moment are combating in Ukraine after one-week coaching.
All prisoners had been promised a presidential pardon after six months and a wage of 100,000 rubles (1,400 kilos) a month, the report additional mentioned.
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Prigozhin informed the inmates that they had been recruiting prisoners of all backgrounds, and these included serial killers “at least one cannibal”, The Daily Beast mentioned. Quoting an skilled, the outlet claimed that Prigozhin has already despatched greater than 3,000 inmates to Ukraine.
The prison-enlistment journeys began in no less than June, the report additional mentioned.