Putin pardons one of the worst killers in Russia

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.09 - 2023 10:12 AM CET

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Putin pardons one of the worst killers in Russia.

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In a startling revelation, Anton Heraszczenko, an advisor to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, disclosed on social media that Russian President Vladimir Putin had pardoned a convicted murderer, Vladislav Kanius, who subsequently enlisted to fight in the war in Ukraine.

This move aligns with the practices of the Wagner Group, which is notorious for recruiting inmates for the conflict and was once led by Yevgeny Prigozhin.

The Kremlin's strategy of deploying prisoners to the front lines is a calculated one, as their potential deaths are less likely to stir public outcry compared to those of regular troops. For the convicts, it offers a chance at liberation, albeit a perilous one.

Kanius, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the heinous murder of his girlfriend Vera Pechtelewa in January 2020, was found to have inflicted over a hundred various injuries on her.

Despite the severity of his crime, he was granted a six-month military contract with the Russian forces.

The pardon was confirmed by human rights advocate Alyona Popova, who posted a response from the prosecutor's office to Pechtelewa's bereaved parents, indicating that Putin's decree was signed on April 27, 2023.

However, the story also serves as a cautionary tale about the complexities of redemption. Another Russian, released to fight in Ukraine, was returned to prison after committing rape upon his return.

This incident, which took place in Kotovo between October 17-18, underscores the challenges of reintegrating individuals with violent pasts back into society.

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