‘If you desert, we’ll execute you’: ‘Putin’s chef’ recruits convicts for war

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'if you desert, we'll execute you': 'putin's chef' recruits convicts for war

The Telegraph published this video item, entitled “‘If you desert, we’ll execute you’: ‘Putin’s chef’ recruits convicts for war” – below is their description.

The Russian oligarch known as ‘Putin’s chef’ has been filmed making an extraordinary appeal to convicts, promising them amnesty on their sentences if they sign up to fight in Ukraine – and a bullet in the head if they desert when they get there.

Yevgeniy Prigozhin, thought to the founder and financier of the Wagner group of mercenary fighters, gives hundreds of prisoners the bleak offer in secretly-filmed footage apparently in a penal colony in Mordovia.

Mr Prigozhin reveals that prisoners have already been fighting on the frontlines with Wagner, a shadowy private militia group, saying “in the first attack in Ukraine using 40 prisoners, three died and seven were injured”.

He informs them of Wagner’s rules: “No alcohol, and no sex with local women. No desertions or surrender – troops will be issued two hand grenades to blow themselves up if needed.”

‘If you serve six months you are free’

Those who join must be between 22 and 50 years of age, although maybe older “if fit”.

“Only two other people can get you out of here, God and Allah, and they’ll do it in a wooden coffin. I can get you out alive,” Mr Prigozhin says by way of a pitch.

“Nobody goes back behind bars,” he continues. “If you serve six months (in Wagner), you are free. If you arrive in Ukraine and decide it’s not for you, we will execute you.”

Russian law does not allow commuting prison sentences for mercenary service in Ukraine, though it is unclear if exceptions can be made in times of war.

Read the full article here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/09/14/russian-prisoners-told-executed-flee-fighting-ukraine/

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