Images have emerged of the final resting place of Vladimir Putin’s criminal army who died fighting in Ukraine with the promise of winning his freedom.
Grave after the grave has been filled at the Krasnodar cemetery, where criminals, released from prison to join the invading Moscow forces, are being buried.
Tens of thousands of murderers, rapists, thieves and drug dealers have been freed and promised full freedom if they live to fight in Ukraine for six months, no matter how serious their sentence.
But the massacre has been immense, fueling accusations that Putin’s commanders are cynically using the convicts, mostly recruited by the notorious Kremlin-loyal Wagner private army, as cannon fodder to preserve the army’s regular troops. Russian.
The images came as a former Wagner commander, who had fought in Ukraine, said he fled to Norway in fear for his life and is now seeking asylum.
Grave after the grave has been filled in this Krasnodar cemetery, where criminals, released from prison to join the invading Moscow forces, rest.
Andrei Medvedev, who joined the group on July 6, 2022, on a four-month contract, said in a video posted by rights group Gulagu.net that he crossed the Norwegian border before being stopped by Norwegian police.
Medvedev, an orphan who joined the Russian army and served in prison before joining Wagner, said he had run away from the group after witnessing the killing of captured Wagner deserters.
“I am afraid of dying in agony,” Medvedev told Vladimir Osechkin, founder of the human rights group Gulagu.net, who said he had helped Medvedev leave Russia after he approached the group in fear for his life.
Wagner has given defectors good reason to be afraid. In November, Russian inmate turned Wagner fighter Yevgeny Nuzhin, who switched sides in the Ukraine war, was executed with a sledgehammer, a harrowing torture that circulated online.
Wagner’s warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin described Nuzhin as a traitor, and Vladimir Putin’s close ally said a “dog gets a dog’s death” in response to the clip.
Medvedev said that Nuzhin had been part of his unit.