Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Medal of Courage to a five-time convicted murderer who joined the Wagner Private Army and died in early August in combat near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. The investigation portals Insider and Gulagu.net are reporting on this.
In 2013, the court sentenced Ivan Nobaratov to 25 years in prison for murder, robbery, extortion, kidnapping and other crimes. Between 2009 and 2010, five people were killed near the town of Sergiev Posad near Moscow. Some of them owed him, while others died in robberies.
He spent twelve years in prison. This year he signed a contract with the Wagner group and was sent to war in Ukraine.
According to the United States, the Russian army suffers from a shortage of personnel. In Ukraine, began to recruit convicts
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Neparatov died on August 5 in the fighting near Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, when shrapnel hit his head. On August 16, Vladimir Putin awarded him a medal “for courage and heroism demonstrated in the performance of tasks during a special military operation.”
In recent weeks, independent Russian media have already reported that in Russian prisons, convicts of the war in Ukraine are being recruited. Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is considered the owner of the Wagner group focused on securing mercenary fighters, personally came to some prison.
The BBC’s Russian Newsroom reports that Russian soldiers and volunteers are posthumously awarded the Medal of Courage, while relatives of convicts who died in combat receive the Medal, a lesser form of honour.