May 1, 2023

The Grim Story of a Russian Prisoner Turned Recruit

by The Journal

Yevgeny Nuzhin was serving time for murder in a high-security Russian prison when the Wagner Group— a paramilitary organization employed by Russia to wage war on Ukraine— offered him freedom in exchange for six months of paid military service fighting for Russia in Ukraine. WSJ’s James Marson details how Nuzhin’s bid for freedom went gruesomely wrong.

Further Reading:

- The Grim Life and Brutal Death of a Wagner Recruit 

Further Listening:

- ‘Putin's Chef’' Now Serving Up Gains for Russia in Ukraine 

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