Desperate Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to recruit “at least 50,000 convicts” to support his escalating war — including serial killers and “at least one cannibal,” according to a leading expert.
Olga Romanova, the head of Russia Behind Bars, told The Daily Beast that some of the inmates her organization has worked with have already appeared in videos from Ukraine’s battlefields.
“Putin’s plan is to recruit at least 50,000 convicts,” she told the outlet, saying that Yevgeny Prigozhin — the head of Putin’s shadowy private army, the Wagner Group — has toured prisons and promised inmates freedom if they served six months at the front serve lines.
Widely known as “Putin’s cook,” Prigozhin has already sent more than 3,000 inmates to Ukraine — including “serial killers, robbers and at least one cannibal,” Romanova told The Daily Beast.
The latest war tactic was something out of her “worst nightmares,” she told the outlet.
According to Ruslan Vakhapov, a lawyer with Russia Behind Bars, conscription trips began at least in June.
“Originally, Wagner mainly caught those convicted of manslaughter… But now her fishing net is taking everyone, including cannibals,” the beast’s attorney said.
“So far we are aware of one case of recruitment among Russian cannibals.”
This is just one example of how the “darkest characters” are recruited for war, Vakhapov stressed.
“I just spoke to the wife of a serial killer convicted in Kostroma. He was due to spend five more years behind bars, but Wagner had freed him, so the woman was afraid he might [come back] and attack her for filing for divorce,” the attorney said.
“Pretty much all the killers we’re tracking have been recruited and are dying like flies in Ukraine,” he said.
“Of the first 42 convicts recruited into the first group, only three survived,” Romanova told The Daily Beast.
“Of the second group of 66 convicts, only six returned, including one who lost his arm.”
The recruiting campaign showed how desperate Putin had become, a Ukrainian war expert told the outlet.
“By arming these goblins and sending psychos and lunatics to the front lines, Putin is showing the weakness of his army, which has lost badly,” stressed Anton Naumlyuk, founder of Ukrainian media group Graty.
Wagner group veteran Marat Gabidullin warned that Wagner leaders, although officially a private military group, “has unlimited authority, he can push open a door to any prison colony.
“It’s time to study this phenomenon now, before they start recruiting in orphanages,” Gabidullin told the outlet.
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