The director of the FSIN said that no one had escaped from prison in an hour, and this was the first time
In 2022, not a single case of escape of a prisoner or an arrested person from correctional colonies and investigative detention centers of Russia was recorded, said Arkady Gostev, director of the Federal Service for the Execution of Sentenced Persons, adding that this is the first time in modern history.
According to Gostev, the result was achieved “thanks to the coordinated actions of the FSIN personnel.”
- In the spring of last year, after several defeats by the Russian army on the territory of Ukraine, the private military company “Wagner” and its founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a St. Petersburg businessman close to Vladimir Putin, began to recruit Russian prisoners into their ranks and send them to war. Convicts who agree to take part in hostilities must spend six months on the front lines, they are forbidden to retreat and surrender under the threat of execution. Those who remain alive after six months are promised freedom. Thus, about twenty thousand fighters were recruited into the PMC. Some of them have already returned to Russia and received pardons.
- The mass media have repeatedly reported on the huge losses among the Wagner prisoners, who are used as assault infantry in the hottest areas of the front. Yevgeny Prigozhin also stated this, without naming specific figures, but even based on open data (for example, from the messages of relatives of the deceased on social networks), we are talking about hundreds of killed prisoners.