“When I came to, I was in this room—where they told me I was going to be put on trial,” the condemned man says. Members of Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group have released another disturbing video apparently showing the second sledgehammer execution of what they say is a captured defector. The clip posted in the private army’s semi-official Telegram channel over the weekend comes around three months after Wagner publicized the violent end of Yevgeny Nuzhin, a former prisoner recruited into the group who then turned against Russia. The new video eerily echoes the Nuzhin footage. The clip allegedly shows Dmitry Yakushchenko, a convict from Russian-occupied Crimea who joined Wagner while serving a 19-year prison sentence for robbery and murder. “Through the chance given to him for liberation and atonement for sins, he ended up in the Wagner Group,” the Telegram post reads. It adds that Yakushchenko “escaped to the side of the enemy,” after being sent to fight in Ukraine. (…) The video then cuts to a shot of Yakushchenko in a dark room, his head taped to concrete blocks on the wall. Behind him, a man in camouflage fatigues can be seen holding a sledgehammer. (…) The screen then goes blurry as Yakushchenko is apparently struck in the head with the hammer, receiving further blows as he collapses to the ground. The caption under the video said Yakushchenko “fell ill with the same disease” as Nuzhin, “from which you lose consciousness in the cities of Ukraine […] and then you wake up in the basement at your last court session.” Independent Russian outlet Agentstvo reports that it’s likely that Yakushchenko was in fact returned into the hands of Russian authorities in a Dec. 1 prisoner swap. MediaZona journalist Dave Frenkel also questioned if Yakushchenko is really being killed in the clip.

via daily beast: Wagner Group Release ANOTHER Sledgehammer Execution Video

siehe auch: Convicted murderer released from jail to fight for Putin’s Wagner thugs ‘becomes second mercenary to be beaten to death with a sledgehammer’ after he was accused of ‘treason’ for surrendering to Ukraine. Dmitry Yakushchenko, 44, was bludgeoned to death with the sledgehammer He was accused of ‘treason’ for defecting to Ukraine after arriving on front line It comes after Wagner fighter Yevgeny Nuzhin was executed with sledgehammer (…) Dmitry Yakushchenko, 44, had his head taped to a what appears to be a pile of bricks with cling film before being apparently bludgeoned to death with the sledgehammer in a horrifying execution that was filmed and published on messaging app Telegram.  Yakushchenko was accused of treason for deserting after arriving on the front line. He was later recaptured by his former Wagner colleagues, who went on to execute him. (…) His murder echoes the execution of convicted murderer Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, who was also bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer.  +5 View gallery His murder echoes the execution of convicted murderer Yevgeny Nuzhin, 55, who was also bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer (pictured moments before his death)   He too had been handed back by the Ukrainians in an official PoW swap. Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Putin henchman, has previously threatened to kill ‘traitors’ who leave the front line, and defended the murder of Nuzhin, as did Putin’s propagandists; ‘I realized this isn’t my war’ New footage appears to show the sledgehammer murder of another former Wagner Group mercenary. A new video posted by the Wagner mercenary group’s semi-official Telegram channel appears to show the murder by sledgehammer of Dmitry Yakushchenko, an ex-convict who joined Wagner Group from prison before apparently surrendering to Ukraine on the battlefield. The gruesome clip comes just three months after a similar video surfaced that showed the murder of Yevgeny Nuzhin, another former Wagner fighter. Here’s what we know about the Yakushchenko video so far. Grey Zone, a Telegram channel with close links to Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, has published a new video that appears to show the murder of a former Wagner fighter who surrendered to Ukraine.

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