It’s a first. On September 14, a video showing the Wagner group in the midst of a recruitment operation in a Russian prison was broadcast on social networks. This unique document highlights involvement of Yevgeny Prigozhin in this process. The financier of the Wagner group is indeed filmed in the courtyard of a prison in Mordovia as he tries to convince prisoners to enlist as mercenaries and to go and fight in Ukraine alongside the Russian army, before to be mobilized in other countries, particularly in Africa.
🇷🇺🇺🇦 A representative of #Wagner PMC filmed in a penal colony somewhere in #Mordoviaone of the republics of #Russia. Prigozhin (The PMC Wagner leader) promised prisoners a pardon in six months if they go to war in #Ukraine. The video is cut into 2 pieces with the 2nd below. pic.twitter.com/chEkKYLyXz
— Russo Ukranian War Updates (@CaliJournalism) September 14, 2022
These images, which probably date from the month of September, show more than a hundred inmates in blue uniform gathered in the courtyard of their prison, located in this Republic of the Russian Federation about 600 km southeast of Moscow. All have their eyes riveted on Prigojine, who himself casts his gaze from one group to another. “I represent a private military company. You must have heard of Wagner? begins the man with the shaved head, cap with the main.
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