A Russian gang leader volunteered to fight on the front line, but was killed in just one month.
The picture shows the tragic situation in the city of Bakhmut, Donetsk region.
[Compiled by Sun Yuqing/Comprehensive Report] Russia's military operations against Ukraine have failed, and the Moscow authorities have managed to replenish their troops, and even prisoners are recruited targets.
However, Russian media reported that Igor Kusk, a gang leader who was serving a sentence in the Tatar Autonomous Republic of the Russian Federation, voluntarily went to the front to serve less than a month before he died in the Donbass.
Hong Kong's "South China Morning Post" quoted Russian media "Business Gazeta" as saying on the 26th that Cusk, the boss of a Tatar gang, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for murder and other charges in 2015, and was detained in a "severe labor camp" (Strict Regime Colonies), which specially accommodates criminals who are dangerous to national security.
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Kusk's widow, Irina, revealed that her husband wrote to Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of Russia's autonomous republic of Chechnya from prison, asking to join Russia's military operation against Ukraine, while the Kremlin-backed Russia The Wagner Group, a mercenary organization, then sent someone to pick up Cusk in person and arranged for him to fight on the front line on July 25.
However, on September 6, Cusk died in the city of Bakhmut in the Udondonnetsk region after being hit in the head by shell fragments.
Irina said Cusk, who served in the Soviet war against Afghanistan and died at the age of 55, was in poor health but feared no one.
According to reports, Cusk's funeral was held in a town near the city of Kazan, 800 kilometers east of Moscow. Hundreds of people attended the mourning, including local officials, and soldiers fired at the scene.
Cusk was buried in the town's cemetery in a "celebrity grave", along with other soldiers killed in Ukraine.