Russian Crime Boss Killed in Ukraine After Leaving Prison to Join War

An imprisoned Russian crime boss serving a 23-year sentence volunteered to serve in the war effort, only to be killed this month by a piece of shrapnel while fighting in Ukraine’s Donbas region, according to reports.

Igor Kusk, 55, volunteered with the private mercenary contractor the Wagner Group, which has been recruiting prisoners to fight for Russia in the invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s Business Gazeta reported.

He was sent to the front line July 25 and was killed Sept. 6 when a piece of shrapnel hit him in the head while fighting the Donbas, his widow Irina told the Gazeta.

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