On Sunday, a shocking video of the cold-blooded execution of a former mercenary who went to fight for Ukraine against the Russian Federation appeared on Russian social networks. The footage shows him receiving two powerful blows to the head with a massive hammer. According to the authors of the video, it was revenge for his betrayal.
The Russian paramilitary organization Wagner’s group has been recruiting rapists, sex offenders and other criminal elements from penal colonies into its private army for several months. One of them was Yevgenij Nužin, who was serving a 24-year sentence for murder. He was supposed to secure his freedom by serving with the Wagner family.
But he deserted at the beginning of September and joined the Ukrainians, the Russian opposition newspaper reported Novaya Gazeta. He told reporters at the time that he had decided to fight against Russia and Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. However, the Wagner family abducted him from Ukrainian captivity in Kiev on Friday. “I received a blow to the head and lost consciousness. I only woke up in this basement,” the man said in a shocking video posted on Telegram by the Gray Zone channel on Sunday. According to the Russian media, this channel is connected to Wagner’s group.
“Now they will judge me,” Nužin continues. These are his last words. An unknown man standing behind him immediately delivers two fatal blows to his head with a massive hammer and executes him mercilessly. The authors of the footage named their video Hammer of Vengeance.
According to Reuters, the founder of the Wagner group, Yevgenin Prigozhin, also reacted to the published footage: “Nuzhin knowingly betrayed his nation, he was a traitor. The video should be called A dog deserves a dog’s death. It is a magnificent directorial work that I watched with bated breath. I hope, that no animals were harmed during the filming.”
🔞ДИСКЛЕЙМЕР: НОВОСТЬ СОДЕРЖИТ ВИДЕО, КОТОРОЕ МЫ НЕ РЕКОМЕНДУЕМ К ПРОСМОТРУ ВООБЩЕ НИКОМУ— Новая газета Европа (@novayagazeta_eu) November 12, 2022
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