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MoltenGeek t1_j61q2w7 wrote

Russia needs cannon fodder. Someone at Wagner comes up with the idea, it gets presented to Putin, he okays it and has it written into law.


hikingmike t1_j629lkz wrote

They are contradicting so many of their laws so probably the law part isn’t even necessary.


Baneken t1_j634bkl wrote

Like the part in their constitution which explicitly forbids "wars of aggression" to be fought... Putin hand-waved this by declaring the war as "Special operation".


hikingmike t1_j65h6go wrote

I wasn't aware of that. But I did know that -
PMCs are technically illegal under Article 359 of the 1996 Russian Criminal Code, which states: “Recruitment, training, financing, or any other material provision of a mercenary, and also the use of him in an armed conflict or hostilities, shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of four to eight years.”

"the use of him in an armed conflict" - that implicates Prigozhin and probably Putin (just need some evidence for the link which is obviously there).