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'Putin's chef' tours Russian prisons to recruit cons into deadly mercenary group

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prisons to recruit 1,000 convicts to his bloodthirsty Wagner mercenary group to help with the war in Ukraine, claims a Russian opposition website.

Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin gained the strange nickname after he was pictured serving Vladimir Putin dinner in a chef's uniform, according to Independent.ie.

The Verstka news website, together with convict family support charity Russia Sitting, claims he offered lags from 17 prisons a salary and a presidential pardon if they agreed to fight in Ukraine. READ MORE: Russia's 'suicidal' attack on Ukrainian nuclear plant 'risks devastating consequences'“Three prisoners told human rights activists that businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin was allegedly coming to the colony,” Verstka reported.

Inmates told Russia Sitting activists that Wagner group recruiters would focus on prisoners' physical conditions and keenness to “defend the Motherland”.It was also claimed that they would first look at "those convicted for murder and robbery", and that prisoners behind bars on drug or sexual offences "are normally not selected".

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