I turn twisted convicts into CANNIBALS with a passion for death, says Putin’s private army chief
THE head of Vladimir Putin’s private army has boasted of cannibalizing thousands of convicted conscripts.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, a top Putin friend and leader of the Wagner Group, made the grotesque claim in a video showing recruits undergoing intensive military training.
Footage shows the twisted warlord at a special training ground for elite fighters while conscripts undergo training before being sent to the front lines in Ukraine.
Among his recruits are former prisoners, including murderers and rapists, who are allowed to fight at the front for six months and are then pardoned and released by Putin under a secret decree.
And Prigozhin can be heard boasting that he turns these criminals into bloodthirsty killing machines — or cannibals — before using them against Ukraine.
He said: “This is an additional training base for our fighters,” he said.
“The primary training is in Molkino [Krasnodar region]and here experienced fighters receive additional training in their specialties.
“So they raise young eagles there [in Molkino].
“And here they make real cannibals.”
Although it is not clear what the oligarch means by “real cannibals”, a real cannibal has joined the Russian mercenaries.
Yegor Komarov was arrested after a headless body fell out of a car with multiple stab wounds, and he later admitted he “nibbled just to get a taste”.
He was recruited from prison and joined the Wagner group back in September.
Some of Russia’s most notorious criminals have pledged to join Putin’s war effort in Ukraine under the latest prison recruitment program.
Prigozhin, himself a former inmate, was seen telling recruits they would become war heroes or be shot as deserters after he assaulted and robbed a woman.
And he shockingly instructed the new conscripts to kill themselves if captured by Ukraine.
The deal provides for former prisoners to fight for 180 days before being offered amnesty and released.
Earlier this month, Prigozhin confirmed that the first batch of prisoners had been released.
Parents in Russia were reportedly warned not to leave their children at home when the criminals returned from Ukraine.
Among those who returned home was Alexander Tyutin, 66, a hitman dubbed “The Black Realtor”.
He was sentenced to 23 years in prison after hiring a hitman to execute a family of four, including two children.
After completing a six-month stint in Mad Vlad’s shambolic wars, Tyutin was allowed to roam free and flew to Turkey to reunite his wife.
The killer was even recommended for a medal for “courage” for his time at the front.
Prigozhin – dubbed Putin’s chef – has become one of Russia’s most powerful men, controlling the country’s mercenary army.
He slammed those who mocked him for leading a ragtag army of criminals, saying those who “once were in the army” or “once wore a general’s shoulder straps” in the “distant past.”
He said: “Live in the present.
“[This is] a war unlike anything that happened in the last century or this one – except WWII.”
He previously described his scheme as a way of allowing convicts to redeem themselves.
And last week he urged Russian lawmakers to sentence anyone who publishes “negative information” about Russian war volunteers to five years in prison.
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