19:50 29 Nov 2022

russia's PMC Wagner is recruiting prisoners from Central African Republic to deploy in Ukraine

PMC "Wagner," the owner of which is businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, frees insurgents from the Central African Republic's prisons and deploys them overseas, including Donbas.

Two high-ranking military officers reported this in the CAR to The Daily Beast.

According to sources in the CAR, where armed rebels have controlled much of the country for nearly a decade, dozens of men held in army and police custody for crimes such as rape and murder are now being recruited into the local Wagner wing.

It includes hundreds of militants commonly known as "Black russians."

According to officers, many recruits are insurgents whom the military considers terrorists because of their use of violence and intimidation of civilians to achieve political goals.

"Since October, they (Wagner representatives — ed.)… have been freeing the rebels… no one can stop them because the government has given them so much power that they can act as they please," the sources said.

"They said they urgently need urgent manpower in Mali and Ukraine… I think more than 20 people we detained (for very serious crimes) have been released," said an officer who works with the CAR army.

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