Prigozhin demanded the introduction of criminal punishment for discrediting former convicts of the Wagner PMC

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of Wagner PMC, called for supplementing the Criminal Code with an article on defaming volunteers, including prisoners who participated in the war with Ukraine, the businessman’s press service reports.

Prigozhin offers him up to five years in prison. applied in the name of Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin. The text states that the recruited prisoners “courageously and worthily fulfill their duty to their homeland,” however, some media outlets, bloggers and Telegram channels solicit negative information about them, “characterizing them as villains and criminals.” presented as.”

According to Prigogine, mercenaries from among ex-convicts are thus “deprived of the right to atonement” and the chance to “become full members of society”, since such informational background is “disrespectful to them and to ordinary citizens”. creates conflict.” The founder of the PMC “Wagner” stressed that the specified activities of the media and leaders of public opinion “help the enemies of the state.”

“In this regard, I ask you to urgently act on the introduction of article 280.5 in the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation” on defaming combatants, volunteers, including former convicts, within which any public action aimed at defaming to put a stop to <… > publications of a negative nature and any criticism of the SVO participants, as well as information about their past crimes, ”Prigozin wrote.

Earlier, Volodin called for no distinction to be made between contract soldiers, conscripts and mercenaries participating in the war, noting that “they are all heroes.” It was also reported that United Russia, whose Supreme Council member is the chairman of the State Duma, is going to nominate servicemen, volunteers and volunteers returning from the front in the upcoming elections. “These people have shown themselves to be patriots, so if one of them wants to make a political career, he has every chance,” said a source in Vedomosti. Wagner’s mercenaries can also get deputy seats, said Andrey Gurlev, a member of the State Duma committee on defense.

In January, it became known about the first prisoners returning from the front, who fought as part of Prigozhin’s PMC. All of them were forgiven. Recently, the press service of the businessman posted a video with the fourth group of convicts who have completed a six-month contract.

Therefore, people sentenced to prison for brutal murders, robbery, dacoity and other serious crimes were released. One of them, Dmitry Karyagin, killed his grandmother with a hammer, the agency learned; Second, Stanislav Bogdanov hit the referee with a hammer. Another prisoner who “deserves” to be released is a former member of a criminal gang, Anton Ionov. He, along with other members of the group, doused the victims with boiling water. According to human rights activists, since the beginning of the war, Prigozhin has recruited more than 42,000 prisoners.

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