Wagner Group convicts set to receive a pardon for fighting in Ukraine and Russia braces for ‘influx of violent offenders’
Wagner Group convicts who served their six-month contract to fight in Ukraine are set to receive a pardon from Vladimir Putin.
Russian society are bracing for a “sudden influx of violent offenders” who have been in some the of the fiercest of battles in the Ukraine war will be released in “the coming weeks.”
Wagner recruited rapists, murderers and extremely violent men to fight in Ukraine who will go back to the streets of Russia shell shocked which will leave many ordinary Russian terrified.
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The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that in autumn 2022 Russian prisoners were recruited by Wagner for a sixth month contract which is coming to an end.
Human rights campaigners are warning that there will be a “colossal relapse of criminal behaviour” and Russian’s are being urged that their children should “not run around alone in the coming days.”
The MoD said, “In the coming weeks, thousands of Russian convicts who have fought for Wagner Group are likely to be pardoned and released.
“Wagner prisoner recruitment peaked in autumn 2022, with inmates being offered commutation of their sentences after six months of service.
“Although approximately half of the prisoners recruited have likely been killed or wounded, evidence from Russia suggests the group is following through on its promise to free survivors.
“The certificates issued to freed Wagner veterans claim to have been endorsed by the decree of President Putin. With Wagner now likely banned from recruiting more prisoners, this exodus will worsen its personnel problems.
“In addition, the sudden influx of often violent offenders with recent and often traumatic combat experience will likely present a significant challenge for Russia’s war-time society.”
Ivan Melnikov, a Russian human rights activist said that a “colossal relapse of criminal
behaviour” is imminent in if “nothing is done.”
He warned, “Now another group of prisoners are returning from the [war] zone. It is necessary to understand whether psychologists have worked with them?”