War in Ukraine: Putin to send ex-Russian prisoners to war front

In September, Russian Pres Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilization of 300,000 Russian soldiers. Earlier still, Many stories of prisoners Beyond the prison walls, Wagner joins the fight to promote the group’s many initiatives to secure early release for convicts.

And more recently, the BBC tells us, Vladimir Putin has changed the law calling for reservists to include men convicted of serious crimes recently released from prison.

Recently freed criminals and drug traffickers can join the fight in Ukraine at any time.

However, ex-prisoners convicted of pedophile acts or terrorism are excluded from military service and will not be included in this amendment.

The new law may avoid a problem highlighted by many experts: Russian law does not allow the commutation of prison sentences in exchange for mercenary service. Yet Wagner’s boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin, was filmed telling the prisoners that “No one goes back behind bars” if they decide to take up arms and go forward.

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