People who are not ashamed of murder. Russian criminals are recruited for the war against Ukraine

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In Russia, the PMC is accelerating the mobilization of “Wagner” convicts. More than 10,000 Russian prisoners have already been sent to the Ukrainian front, Olga Romanova, director of the Russia Sitting Charitable Foundation, said in an exclusive interview with the Voice of America Russian Service.

Prisoners of yesterday and today, fighters of the PMC “Wagner”, distribute videos on social networks that call on former cellmates to go to war in Ukraine.

Olga Romanova, director of the Russia Sitting Foundation, said in an interview with the Voice of America Russian Service that currently more than 10,000 convicted Russians have joined the ranks of the Wagner PMC: “This morning, more than 600 people were detained from Nizhny. Novgorod region of five zones. Just from one episode, just this morning… and I think the pace will pick up.”

At the beginning of summer, information appeared on social networks that businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, a friend and colleague of President Putin, personally participated in the mobilization of prisoners of war in Ukraine. He and his holding company have not confirmed the rumours, but they have not denied them either.

And the next day, a video appeared on the pro-Kremlin Telegram channel, shot on the parade ground of Colony No. 6 in Yoshkar-Ola, where a man resembling Prigozhin agitates convicts to sign up for his PMC:

“I have a fire support platoon and other units that file cases in the PMC. Different types of aircraft, there are MLRS, there are tanks, there is everything needed for an offensive. Who do we need? We need stormtroopers, we just need stormtroopers. 60 percent of my people are stormtroopers. And you will be one of them.”

Earlier, PMC recruiters again preferred criminals and especially those serving sentences for serious crimes. However, due to the acute shortage of recruits in the Russian regular army, almost all have been accepted into its ranks.

“First of all [вербовщиков] interested [уголовные] Articles related to murder, and not domestic murder, but willful murder: murder, robbery and robbery are also good, experience of causing grievous bodily harm. First of all find people who are not ashamed of murder, who are used to killing. It was the first time and now she just takes everyone”, emphasizes Olga Romanova.

Prigozhin’s private army, most of whom are already former prisoners, harshly punishes Ukrainians who refuse to fight or attempt to surrender.

“There are several prohibitions, for which it is appropriate to implement on the spot: attempts to surrender, attempts to abandon, use of alcohol and drugs, robbery and any sexual contact. As far as I know, in any case, one of my acquaintances, who really wanted to get out and get back into the area, was told: “Zero” right now.”

“GA”: I mean, was he threatened with death on the spot?

Or: Yes, yes. So don’t ask again.

Prigogine would leave many people alone, including dangerous ones, for money alone. So, welcome, dear Russians!

Olga Romanova warns that especially dangerous criminals can be released under the pretext of sending them to the Ukrainian front:

“For inmate mobilization, for inmate recruitment, I think a lot of dangerous criminals will get out of prison. Pay the zone chief, because it doesn’t matter how many people leave the zone chief. I believe he will leave many people alone including dangerous ones just for money. So, come together, dear Russians!

In January last year, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service reported that 482,000 convicts were serving sentences in its correctional facilities. Therefore, the authorities of the Russian Federation have a solid source of front-line staffing.

Context: A large-scale Russian military invasion of Ukraine has been underway since the morning of February 24. Russian forces have carried out airstrikes on key military and civilian infrastructure, destroying airfields, military units, oil depots, gas stations, churches, schools. and hospitals. Shelling in residential areas is carried out with artillery, multiple launch rocket systems and ballistic missiles.

Russia has denied it is waging a war of aggression against Ukraine on its soil, calling it a “special operation” aimed at “demilitarization and decriminalization”.

Many Western countries, including the United States and European Union countries, have tightened sanctions against Russia and condemned Russia’s largely unprovoked aggression and military action in Ukraine.


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