He is confident that the recruited prisoners will not be able to replace full-fledged military at the front.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is gathering an army of prisoners to send them to war in Ukraine. This is not only due to a lack of military personnel.
What is the plan of the dictator – said military expert Alexander Musienko on air FREEDOM.
He is sure that prisoners will not be able to replace full-fledged military at the front.
“For people who are serving sentences, firstly, cooperation with state authorities is not a very correct and correct step in their subculture. By the way, it is necessary to recall the history of penal battalions in Soviet times. After all, then, in fact, penal battalions and places of serving sentences were divided : there were those who supported the penal battalions, and there were those who remained. And then those who returned, we know what it resulted in: huge riots, bloodshed, etc. Now, of course, there will be a part of those who agree, who will go to fight under various pretexts: someone to earn money, someone to get an amnesty, and someone under the pretext that it will be possible to loot (I think they were also promised freedom of action in this regard),” says Musienko.
But, he says, there are other cases.
“Just yesterday, I read a story by one of the Russian human rights activists who described a case in which in the Republic of the Russian Federation Mari El, two prisoners were forcibly taken out, put in a ‘funnel’, taken to an airfield and further to military training. That is, even in principle they were not given any choice and they didn’t ask anything. There are also such cases,” the expert says.
At the same time, according to him, despite all these “Prigozhin’s” tours of Russian prisons, the occupiers began to send summonses to reservists throughout Russia and they are being called up for military training.
“This primarily happens in two organizations: the organization of the ground forces of the military-patriotic movement” BARS “and the organization of the naval forces of the Russian Federation” Tiger “. Of course, the war cannot be won by prisoners alone. Their danger on the battlefield is not the same as professional military. Their danger comes just for the civilian population in the occupied territories. Because very often it ends with robberies, murders, fights, and so on. As a method of intimidation for the occupied territories and people there, these people (prisoners – UNIAN) can be used there. But as a method of participating in hostilities, as military personnel, no,” Musienko is sure.
Prisoners at war in Ukraine
As UNIAN previously reported, the Russian Federation continues to secretly mobilize men for the war against Ukraine. According to the reports of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the invaders continue to recruit “recruits” among prisoners and people with drug and alcohol addiction.
According to some media reports, the owner of the private military company Liga (formerly PMC Wagner), Yevgeny Prigozhin, personally recruits prisoners in Russian colonies to participate in the war against Ukraine.
The other day, a video appeared on the Web with the owner of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, filmed in one of the Russian colonies, when he called on prisoners to join volunteer battalions for the war against Ukraine.
The Russian media found out that the Wagner PMC managed to recruit more than a thousand prisoners for the war in Ukraine.
Commenting on the situation with the recruitment of prisoners, Prigozhin noted: “Those who do not want prisoners to fight in PMCs, send your children to the front. Either PMCs and prisoners, or your children – decide for yourself.”