Russia is actively recruiting convicts of serious crimes for its war against Ukraine in an attempt to replenish its massive losses of troops, the Ukrainian military’s General Staff said in its morning Facebook update on Oct. 27.
Allegedly, representatives of private military campaigns are conscripting prisoners in correctional facilities in the city of Ulyanovsk.
Most of the convicts who agree to fight in Ukraine are serving prison sentences for murder, rape, and drug trafficking.
The Russian State Duma adopted on Oct. 26 amendments to the legislation allowing the mobilization of convicted citizens with outstanding convictions for serious crimes.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced "partial mobilization" in the country on Sept. 21.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, 300,000 reservists are expected to be sent to the front.
However, the Russian media have speculated that the “secret” seventh paragraph of the Kremlin’s mobilization order details the mobilization of up to a million men.