Russia puts relatives of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine under surveillance – Ukrainian intelligence

10 July, 07:10 PM
Russia's Federal Security Service officer ( illustrative photo) (Photo:FSB via Facebook)

Russia's Federal Security Service officer ( illustrative photo) (Photo:FSB via Facebook)

Close relatives of Russian servicemen who died in the war in Ukraine are considered by the Russian FSB state security service as prone to "the public dissemination of false information and actions to discredit the Russian Armed Forces," Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense reported on July 10.

A Ukrainian intelligence report notes that the FSB office in Russia’s Kostroma Oblast sent a request to the head of the Vokhomsky municipal district to provide background information on people prone to commit crimes under Art. 207.3, Art. 280.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public dissemination of false information and actions to discredit the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and their participation in aggression against Ukraine).

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When collecting such information, special attention is paid to close relatives of servicemen participating in the war against Ukraine, or of soldiers killed in the course of hostilities.

In addition, recruitment to private military companies (PMC) has been stepped up in the Russian Federation. Due to a lack of volunteers, recruitment in correctional facilities is being activated, in particular in the Republic of Adygea. The prisoners are promised a full amnesty if they fulfill their contract.

The recruits are sent to a military training center near the Molkino farm in the Krasnodar Krai – a site known to be a training base for mercenaries of the Wagner private military company.

The report also notes that similar recruitment is being carried out in correctional facilities in Rostov, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. The article under which a particular person was convicted is unimportant – even murder or other serious crimes. Everyone is promised a full amnesty after six months of service, according to intelligence.

At the same time, it is noted that such "volunteers" must wear special tokens indicating their status. They are forbidden to have smartphones – only outdated push-button phones.

“In the course of interviews conducted by servicemen of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, recruits are informed that up to 10,000 volunteers are planned to be recruited within two months,” says the report.

“After that, the PMC group will be redeployed to the territory of Donbas. Among their main tasks will be to establish control over the roads leading from Izyum to Slovyansk and Bakhmut."

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