Russia needs fresh meat for its meat grinder of a war in Ukraine. So it’s using cannibals.
In the best traditions of the late Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Kremlin uses convicted criminals of all sorts as soldiers and pardons those who fight in its war against Ukraine as “Heroes of the Special Military Operation.”
Two convicted killers, who ate the flesh of their victims, have recently joined the heroes’ cohort and were reportedly pardoned by Russian authorities and released, several Russian media outlets reported.
Sibir.Realii, a Russian branch of Radio Liberty, reported that Denis Gorin, a cannibal from Sakhalin, who killed four people and was sentenced to 22 years in prison, is now a free man and receiving treatment in a hospital in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Gorin — who has posted photos online in military uniform with a Z, a symbol of Russian aggression against Ukraine — was convicted of murder and mutilation of a body in 2003, and was released in 2010 on parole. He later killed at least three more people and was arrested again in 2012 and sentenced to 22 years in prison. Prosecutors said he ate the meat of one of his victims.
Another pardoned criminal, Nikolay Ogolobiak, a former member of a Satanist group, killed two young women and then, with friends, cooked and ate some of their organs in 2008. He was sent to fight for Russia and returned from the war in Ukraine on November 2.
Ogolobiak was supposed to be in prison until 2030, but was pardoned because he fought in Ukraine. His father told Russian website 76.Ru that his son now lives with his mother in Yaroslavl.
Like many other Russian convicted criminals, Ogolobiak served in Storm Z — a Russian battalion made up of criminals. Recently Ukrainian soldiers reported fighting against Storm Z near Avdiivka, one of the hottest spots of the war.
“I like the news when serial killers, maniacs, and now also cannibals return home in a hurry from the war. I hope that they will eat some more of their compatriots,” Maksym Zhorin, a deputy commander in the Ukrainian army, said in a Telegram post.