The founder of PMC Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said that the organization no longer recruits prisoners into its ranks. This was reported by the press service of the Concord company controlled by him.
“The recruitment of prisoners in PMC Wagner has been completely stopped. To those who work for us now, all obligations are being fulfilled,” Prigozhin said.
Meanwhile, on the eve of the Agency, it was reported that the security forces are using new methods of pressure when recruiting prisoners into PMCs, threatening them with new criminal cases. "Mediazona" wrote that the recruiters of PMC Wagner again go around the colonies, where they had already recruited prisoners in the summer and autumn of last year. It was noted that there were much fewer people wishing to go to the front, as the prisoners learned about the huge losses at the front.
According to estimates by British and American authorities, the Wagner PMC recruited about 40,000 prisoners to participate in the war. The head of the Rus' Sedentary Foundation, Olga Romanova, estimated their number at 50,000.