I wrote the BBC Russian editorial on Tuesday in different parts of Russia and in regions of Ukraine controlled by the Russian military, cemeteries were recently found where people were buried en masse. According to the station, Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group, who died fighting in Ukraine, may be buried.
The BBC is aware of seven such cemeteries in Russia and in the Russian-occupied Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine. According to the station, some of those buried there are convicts conscripted to fight, who are still serving sentences in penal colonies.
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The largest necropolis of the Wagner group is located on Bakinskaya in Krasnodar Krai. The head of the group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, confirmed that the mercenaries were buried there. On April 2, there were 607 graves, and the number is growing rapidly, according to the BBC.
At the beginning of April, 69 fresh burials were seen in one of the cemeteries in Novosibirsk. On the graves were wreaths of colors used by Wagnerians. Similar graves appeared in Irkutsk – according to local residents, there are at least 40 of them.
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In March, more than 60 identical graves were found near the town of Berezovsky in the Sverdlovsk region. The number of burials has now reached 106. Residents of the village of Nikolaevka in the Samara region also noted more than 64 graves with wreaths and the same crosses in the month of March. Within a month, the number of graves had nearly doubled.
At the beginning of February, residents of Fryanovo in the Moscow region noticed 22 graves with wreaths in the colors of the Wagner collection.
In turn, in February, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported the discovery of a mass grave of the so-called Wagnerians in occupied Luhansk. At that time there were 42 graves. Since then, 36 more have arrived.
Read more: The dispute over the “Wagnerian” cemetery in the village of Bakinskaya. The authorities banned burials, and Prigozhin had his way
Most of the victims are among the convicts
From the available sources it can be concluded that it was the convicts recruited by the Wagner group who suffered the greatest losses of all Russian troops. Independent media managed to identify 2,901 Russian convicts who died fighting against Ukraine. The actual balance of losses is certainly much greater.
Most often, convicts are buried near the place of residence of their relatives. Now, however, there have been reports of dozens of cases where they were buried in other areas without informing their loved ones. According to the portal, the relatives of at least 42 people buried did not know about their death.
according to More than 40 thousand people are fighting against Ukraine. Convicts from Russian colonies.
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