Out of 50 thousand Russian prisoners recruited by PMC «Wagner» only ten thousand people remained to participate in the war in Ukraine. Olga Romanova, head of the Rus Sedentary charity foundation, told My Russian Rights about this, writes Meduza.
“According to our data, 42-43 thousand (prisoners) were recruited by the end of December. Now they are, most likely, already over 50 thousand. Of these, ten thousand are fighting at the front, because all the rest are either killed, or three hundredth, or missing, or deserted, or surrendered, ”Romanova said.
According to her data , Russian prisoners “with terrible force” began to desert from PMCs back in the fall. Many of them, the head of the project notes, fled back to Russia, taking weapons with them. As an example, she cited a case that occurred in early December 2022 in the Rostov region. Then a former prisoner who had deserted from a PMC opened fire on the policemen, injuring one of them.
Romanova also suggested that the founder of «Wagner» Yevgeny Prigozhin, who “promised Putin to win the war,” does not keep statistics on missing or defecting prisoners, simply putting them all on the list of the dead. This, in particular, may be evidenced by reports that PMCs return empty coffins to relatives of prisoners.