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Money, Pardon: Russia Is Luring Convicts To Fight In The Ukrainian War

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The Ukraine War

The Ukraine War

According to reports, Russia has been using inmates to fight its war in an effort to make up for the severe lack of people engaged in the conflict in Ukraine. And the identity of the private organization that has been enlisting these prisoners, who are accused of terrible crimes like murder and robbery, has come to light. The Wagner group, a private military firm frequently referred to as a network of mercenaries, is said to be led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close confidant of President Vladimir Putin who is also responsible for sending these criminals to fight, claims the Guardian.

Ivan, one of the prisoners, told a UK newspaper that following a one-week training session, some 120 other prisoners joined the gang and were currently fighting in Ukraine. All of the detainees we spoke to claimed they had been promised a salary of 100,000 rubles ($1,400) per month and a presidential amnesty in six months.

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