Russia-Ukraine conflict: prisoners were recruited with the prospect of a pardon from the president and a monthly wage of 1,400 pounds.
According to a story in The Guardian, Russian President Vladimir Putin is attempting to enlist at least 50,000 convicted criminals to fight in Ukraine. According to the source, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner Group, is in charge of the recruitment efforts. Earlier that day, in a televised address, Mr. Putin said that Russia would be partially mobilising its two million-strong military reserves to protect Russia and its territory, stating that the West wants to destroy Russia and does not desire peace in Ukraine.
An inmate in the correctional camp in the Tanbov area, around 482 kilometres from Moscow, told The Guardian that Prigozhin flew in on a helicopter. “It was hard for us to comprehend that he had travelled so far to see us. Finally, Prigozhin himself appeared before us, pleading with us to join the Wagner private military force and go to war in Ukraine “Additionally, he mentioned.
A video of a man who looks very like Prigozhin surfaced online last week and quickly went viral. According to a New York Times article, the commander of the Wagner Group spoke to Russian inmates and told them that fighting in Ukraine would help them get out of jail.
According to a story in The Guardian, 120 detainees signed up and are currently fighting in Ukraine.
The article added that inmates were offered a presidential pardon after six months and a monthly salary of 100,000 rubles (1,400 pounds).
According to The Daily Beast, Prigozhin warned the detainees that the group was recruiting serial killers and “at least one cannibal.” According to the source cited in the article, Prigozhin has already moved over 3,000 detainees to Ukraine.