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The Wagner Group is reportedly trying to poach soldiers from the country’s traditional armed forces amid the war in Ukraine. The US-based Institute for the Study of War says that Prigozhin may be forcing mobilized soldiers to sign up with Wagner. This report comes amid a tussle between Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin and the Russian Defence Ministry. Watch the video to find out how is Wagner poaching soldiers from Russian army.
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00:00 - INTRODUCTION
01:20 - WAGNER POACHING SOLDIERS FROM RUSSIAN ARMY?
03:18 - BAKHMUT LOSSES FORCING WAGNER TO RECRUIT SOLDIERS?
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Evan Gershkovich was arrested on allegations of spying for the US government. He is specifically accused of attempting to obtain classified defense information.
MOSCOW (Reuters) -U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich, who denies a Russian accusation he is a spy, appeared in a Moscow courtroom on Tuesday at a hearing to appeal a decision to keep him in pre-trial detention in a former KGB prison until at least May 29.
Gershkovich, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, looked calm and smiled as he stood in a glass and metal cage, wearing a checked shirt with his arms folded in front of him.
He did not say anything, but turned around when one of the Russian reporters in the courtroom told him to “Hold fast!” and relayed to him that everyone said “Hi”. U.S. Ambassador Lynne Tracy stood nearby.
Russia’s FSB security service arrested Gershkovich on March 29 in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg on espionage charges that carry a possible 20-year prison sentence for collecting what it said were state secrets about the military industrial complex, a charge he denies.
The Kremlin has said Gershkovich, the first U.S. journalist detained in Russia on espionage charges since the end of the Cold War, was caught “red-handed.”
The United States has deemed him “wrongfully detained,” his employer and colleagues have said he is innocent, and President Joe Biden has called his detention illegal.
Tuesday’s hearing is essentially procedural, covering how Gershkovich should be detained as he awaits trial, not about the substance of the charges against him as investigators are still working on the details of the case.
Court documents gave nothing more than basic details about the case. The court said it was forbidden to publish some documents. A Russian lawyer for Gershkovich did not respond to a request for comment.
Gershkovich, the American son of Soviet emigres, is being held at the Lefortovo prison, which in Soviet times was run by the KGB but is now operated by the Federal Penitentiary Service.
Traditionally it has been used to hold those suspected by the FSB of spying and other grave crimes.
Tracy, the U.S. Ambassador, said on Monday she had made her first visit to Gershkovich.
“He feels well and is holding up. We reiterate our call for Evan’s immediate release,” Tracy said in a statement.
In Washington, the White House said it hopes to get regular consular access to Gershkovich.
“It was good to get to see him today and again we want to make sure we can continue to do that,” White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said.
The United States last week designated Gershkovich as “wrongfully detained”, in effect saying that the spy charges were bogus and the case was political.
The U.S. hostage envoy has pledged to do “whatever it takes” to bring home Gershkovich and Paul Whelan, an American ex-Marine who was convicted of espionage in 2020 and has also been designated by Washington as wrongfully detained.
A spokesperson for The Wall Street Journal did not respond on Monday to a request for comment.
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Russia’s Vladimir Putin has spent the past year ordering the genocide of Ukrainians and sending hundreds of thousands of his own citizens to die for him, but the Kremlin has now apparently sent a not-so-subtle hint to soldiers that they are meant to worship him.
Russian draftees from the Perm region sent to likely death in Ukraine say they were delighted to receive an Easter care package from Putin’s political party—until they realized it contained a quasi-religious icon featuring the face of the Russian leader.
When the package arrived, “We thought, they sent us something, they haven’t forgotten [about us], the [Easter] holiday is coming soon. But it turned out that it’s not about the holiday after all. No matter how much of a patriot of my homeland I may be, this is already complete bullshit,” one soldier told the local outlet Perm 36.6.
Photos of the “gift” show Putin featured in a mock religious icon, which are typically small paintings that traditionally depict saints. In case there were any doubt about the purpose of the memento, a note was scrawled on the packaging in large letters and bright red ink instructing troops that it was “for prayers.”
The latest religious propaganda, reportedly distributed by Putin’s ruling party, United Russia, comes after draftees reported receiving holy “protection candles” that promised to shield them from bullets last month.
It also comes as reports multiply of fed-up troops and their families personally calling out Putin as they complain of a bungled war effort.
Several families of men drafted from the autonomous republic of Tatarstan appealed directly to Putin in a video released Tuesday, saying commanders confiscated the men’s documents and phones before forcing them to go on a suicide mission that military leadership knew they wouldn’t come back from.
The commanders, according to one family member, didn’t even try to hide the true nature of the mission to reluctant soldiers, telling the whole regiment: “You die and Putin will send new ones.”
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