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Russian Mercenaries Recruiting HIV-Positive Prisoners to Fight

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Wagner, a private military company in Russia, has initiated a mass recruitment of Russian prisoners who have a severe infectious disease.The main targets of the prisoners are those with HIV and hepatitis C, according to the Kyiv Post.

In a report on October 25 from Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Directorate of Intelligence, more than 100 prisoners with confirmed HIV or hepatitis C have been “mobilized” to Wagner.The fighters, who came from penal colony No.

5 in Metallostroy, a suburb of St. Petersburg, were then further “labeled” to show who suffered from which infection. HIV-positive prisoners were issued a red bracelet, while those with hepatitis C received a white.Systematically, Russian medics refuse to provide care to wounded soldiers with HIV or hepatitis.A wide range of investigative reporting shows that Wagner is financed through Yevgeny Pirgozhin, who operates in the inner circle of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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