Executed "Wagnerian" voluntarily agreed to the exchange - Podolyak

13:35 16 November Kyiv, Ukraine

Former prisoner, Wagner PMC fighter Yevgeny Nuzhin, whose execution video appeared online, returned to Russia as a result of an exchange of prisoners of war.
 
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said this.

Podolyak denied allegations that Ukraine "sent Nuzhin to his death because she knew what awaited him in Russia." According to Podolyak, Nuzhin went through an official prisoner-of-war exchange procedure. According to him, any captured soldier can sign a voluntary waiver of the exchange, and no such statement has been received from Nuzhin.
“We have a very simple approach. A captured soldier can sign a voluntary waiver of the exchange procedure. And we will record it," Podolyak said.
At the same time, Podolyak denied rumors that Nuzhin had been exchanged for 20 Ukrainian prisoners of war. According to him, the exchange took place according to the rule package for package. Podolyak said that Ukraine received 47 of its troops, Russia - a certain number of its own.

According to Podolyak, the founder of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, could use Nuzhin for his own propaganda purposes by arranging a demonstrative execution of a military man.
 
PMC "Wagner" mercenaries were convicted of extrajudicial executions with a sledgehammer earlier. In 2017, they filmed a video of a man being beaten to death with it in Syria. The Arab press claimed that the executed was a deserter from the army of Bashar al-Assad. In 2019, Novaya Gazeta identified one of the mercenaries involved in the execution.