The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal

The grim life and brutal death of a Wagner recruit

By James Marson

24 Apr 2023 · 7 min read

The WSJ tells the story of Yevgeny Nuzhin, a convicted killer from Russia who was recruited by the Wagner Group paramilitary organization to fight in eastern Ukraine. He met a horrific death.

Curated by informed

BARVINKOVE, Ukraine—Yevgeny Nuzhin, an ex-cop and convicted killer, had carved out as good a life as a penniless inmate could expect inside a high-security Russian prison.

During his two decades behind bars, Mr. Nuzhin had ingratiated himself with inmates and prison authorities, affording him a contraband phone, an exemption from prison work and three nights with a woman he had married in the prison chapel.

The news, curated.

Subscribe in our mobile app to continue reading this The Wall Street Journal article

Already subscribed? Sign in

Get world-class journalism from premium publishers, curated by editors and experts. All in one app.

Subscribe now and get 14 days free.