In Russia, the scale of the program for recruiting prisoners to the

"Wagner" prison has changed -

compared to the peak period, which was in the summer and fall of 2022.

This was announced by the British Ministry of Defense on Twitter.

"Significant tensions between Wagner and the Russian Ministry of Defense are manifest publicly. Competition between factions within the Russian elite is likely partly responsible for the reduction in the supply of convicts," the report said. 

British intelligence officers emphasize that, according to the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, as of January 31, 2023, there are 433,000 prisoners in the country.

These figures indicate a reduction of 6,000 prisoners from November 2022.

Meanwhile, the FSVK data indicate that from September to November 2022, the number of convicts decreased by 23,000.

"Wagner's recruitment was probably the main factor contributing to this trend," British intelligence emphasized.

The report also emphasizes that unconfirmed data from the Ukrainian military indicates that the Russian Federation no longer relies so much on Wagnerian attacks in the style of a "live wave" in key sectors.

We will remind, the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Vadym Denisenko, believes that the Russian oligarch, the owner of PMK "Wagner" Yevgeny Prigozhin

, "will have enough people for 6-9 months"

if the current system of "disposal of Wagnerites" is maintained. 

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