Convicts who won back from Wagner were promised seats in the Duma from United Russia

The prisoners who fought as part of the Wagner PMC have the competencies necessary for a deputy, Andrey Gurulev, deputy from United Russia, a member of the State Duma Committee on Defense, told URA.RU.

“Why don’t ex-military people become good politicians? People with a broad outlook, with a good education. Yes, they were prisoners under various articles, but they volunteered to defend their Motherland. Moreover, even in PMC Wagner, where there is a rather tough approach to the performance of combat missions, ”said the deputy.

Earlier, Gurulev said that he had “great respect” for the owner of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and the organization he created. Despite the fact that Russian law expressly prohibits the use of private armies, the legislator justifies the existence of Wagner PMCs by the fact that they are “all over the planet.”

At the same time, the law “On the Election of Deputies of the State Duma” prohibits former convicts under serious articles from being elected to the Duma. AT Article 4 states that “a person who has been sentenced to imprisonment for a serious crime, whose conviction has been expunged or expunged, [не имеет права избираться депутатом Госдумы] until the expiration of 10 years from the date of removal or cancellation of a criminal record.

In addition, MP Gurulev even voted for amendments to this law, journalist Farida Rustamova notes.

In the United States, it is believed that 50,000 people are in the service of the Wagner PMC, said John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council. Of these, 40,000 are prisoners recruited in Russian prisons and only 10,000 are professional soldiers.

On the eve of the newspaper “Vedomosti” reported that “United Russia” will nominate for the upcoming elections returned from the front of the military, volunteers, as well as volunteers who worked in the Donbass.

“These people have shown themselves to be patriots, so if one of them wants to make a political career, then they have every opportunity,” said one of the sources in the presidential administration.

Several deputies of the State Duma also went to the front as volunteers. This will strengthen their position in the elections, they will be able to return as “veterans,” the newspaper’s interlocutor noted.

For example, State Duma deputy Sergei Sokol was one of the first to write an application for “voluntary mobilization,” said Andrei Turchak, secretary of the party’s general council. Sokol also has to go to the election of the head of Khakassia, which will be held in September, from United Russia against communist Valentin Konovalov.

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