Russia releases convicted mass murderer to fight in Ukraine, then awards him ‘for bravery’

Ivan Neparatov, leader of a Russian criminal gang, was serving 25 years for five murders and multiple other crimes when he was offered his freedom and money in exchange for fighting Russia’s war against Ukraine.  He was one of at very least one thousand convicted criminals who have agreed to fight in the Wagner unit, and one of an unknown number who have already been killed.  It is likely that all such ‘fighters’ are intentionally used as cannon fodder, to avoid questions upon their return to Russia, but Neparatov did, nonetheless, posthumously receive a state award ‘for bravery’ from Russian leader Vladimir Putin.  One assumes that certain details about this ‘defender of Russia’ will be omitted from any official documentation.

The issue is not only Neparatov’s criminal past.  It is illegal in Russia to be a mercenary, yet the so-called ‘Wagner private military company’ [the Wagner unit] are openly recruiting convicted criminals, offering substantial amounts of money, as well as the promise of freedom in exchange for agreeing to fight against Ukraine.  The prisoners are visited in prison, with the Wagner unit recruiters accompanied by Penal Service officials and members of the FSB [Security Service].  At least some of the recruiting visits are reported to be with the head of the Wagner unit, Dmitry Utkin and its financer, Yevgeny Prigozhin, or ‘Putin’s chef’, the millionaire under western sanctions who is himself a convicted criminal, imprisoned twice for violent crimes.

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3 thoughts on “Russia releases convicted mass murderer to fight in Ukraine, then awards him ‘for bravery’”

  1. That’s bad, but I don’t think that is a purely Russian thing. It happens all over the world where governments want things done that they cannot do with official servicemen. They won’t be called heroes in public though, it would be kept secret. But then, Russians are not really famous for subtlety, are they?

    1. I remember from back then, when Nasser was Presidenet of Egypt, the Russians had a military base in Egypt and when the President wanted to visit the base, they denied him access. That was the end of the Russian military base. 😀 😀

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