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Russia has begun recruiting female prisoners for war, – NYT

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun11,2024

In the Russian Federation they began to recruit women prisoners for the war, – NYT

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The Russian Federation has begun to recruit female prisoners to participate in the war in Ukraine. The New York Times writes about this.

According to the publication, military recruiters began touring prisons for women throughout the European part of Russia last fall.

" The recruitment of female convicts comes at a time when the Russian government is resorting to increasingly unorthodox schemes to attract volunteers from the margins of Russian society, trying to avoid another unpopular conscription,” the publication notes.

It is unknown what duties the former prisoners will perform at the front. Military recruiters last year offered prisoners one-year contracts to serve as snipers, combat medics and front-line radio operators. Then about 40 out of 400 prisoners in one of the colonies near St. Petersburg agreed. They were offered a pardon and a reward of approximately $2,000 a month.

The publication recalls that at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, about 30 thousand women were serving sentences in Russian prisons.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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