Wagner PMC chief releases first group of criminals fought in Ukraine, lifts all convictions

Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner Private Military Company, has released from prison the first criminal conscripted for the war against Ukraine. For those found guilty, all convictions were also removed.

sauce: Kremlin news agency RIA Novosti

detail: Russian propaganda posted a video of Prigozhin talking to criminals. According to him, society should treat them “with respect.”

Prigogine claims that many of the people imprisoned in the camp had only a few days left before they were released, and that they had joined the war of aggression “only because they wanted to protect their homeland.”

Finally, Prigozhin gave advice to criminals. “Don’t drink too much, don’t do drugs, don’t rape women,” he concluded.


  • On July 4, 2022, Russian media iStories reported that a prisoner had been arrested in the St. Petersburg colony. recruited As a “volunteer” going to war in Ukraine as part of the Wagner PMC.

  • On July 20, 2022, news outlets reported that Wagner PMC is recruiting Russian inmates from about 15 prisons across Russia.

  • Later, almost all prisoners from the two Russian colonies recruited by the Wagner PMC for the war in Ukraine had been killed.

  • In September 2022, Prigozhin commented on reports of prisoner recruitment to participate in the war with Ukraine, was suggested Those who oppose such recruitment send their children to the front lines.

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