Ivan Nieparatov was sentenced in 2013 to 25 years in prison for robbery, extortion, kidnapping and murder. According to the court, the man headed a criminal group that killed five people in the Moscow region in 2009-2010.

After Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the prisoner was brought to the front. The man died on August 5 in the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

On Friday, gulagu.net reported that Nieparatov was posthumously awarded on August 16 by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin “for courage and heroism in performing the tasks of a special military operation”.

About the fact that the Russians recruit prisoners to take part in the war with Ukraine the media has been reporting since July. The reasons for such recruitment are significant losses in Russian troops and the lack of willing to participate in the fighting.

The reports were confirmed by Ukrainian military intelligence, which said that recruitment is taking place in penal colonies in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, the Adygea republic in the Caucasus and Rostov in southern Russia. According to intelligence, “it doesn’t matter what crime a person has been convicted of – even if it is murder or some other serious crime.”

People who agree to fight against Ukraine amnesty is promised after six months of service.