Russian President Vladimir Putin personally pardons fighters of the Wagner Group personal navy firm to ship them to struggle towards Ukraine afterwards.
Supply: Novaya Gazeta [an independent Russian newspaper] concerning the police database
Quote from Novaya Gazeta journalist: “I requested an individual who has entry to the Built-in databank of the federal degree (IBD-F) (police database – ed.) to verify a number of prisoners who appeared on the video with Prigozhin for example of the Wagner social elevator: the day earlier than yesterday [you were in prison]; yesterday on the entrance, immediately free. One is a assassin, and the opposite, in pre-revolutionary phrases, is a robber.
Each have the identical mark within the IBD-F: “launched from additional serving their sentences based mostly on the presidential decree ‘On mercy’.”
Particulars: In response to him, the decrees are dated 6 July 2022. The doc will not be publicly out there. The closest ones by publication date are dated 5 and eight July. In response to the doc numbers, there are 5 extra unpublished decrees between them.
Novaya Gazeta studies that when recruiting prisoners, Prigozhin guarantees them a pardon six months prematurely, however it’s legally issued earlier than they’re despatched to the entrance.
In late January, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov stated that the decrees pardoning prisoners, recruited to be despatched to the struggle in Ukraine, had been categorized.
Earlier, Andrey Medvedev, the previous commander of the Wagner PMC, who fled to Norway, instructed the media that prisoners recruited by Prigozhin write a petition to be pardoned earlier than being despatched to struggle.