Russia: the country recruits prisoners en masse for Ukraine deployment

Prisoners with combat experience across Russia are being recruited en masse to fight in Ukraine.

Representatives from the Kremlin-linked Wagner private military contractor and Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) are reportedly offering convicts deployment or work on restoring and demining occupied Ukrainian territories.

According to, the recruitment campaigns took place recently at penal colonies in Russian cities including St. Petersburg, Tver, Ryazan and Smolensk, as well as Rostov, Voronezh and Lipetsk.

Around 300 prisoners in southern Russia’s republic of Adygeya had allegedly agreed to join the Russian forces in Ukraine.