Putin pardons a second convicted cannibal, drafts him for war in Ukraine

Upon demobilization, the serial killer is expected to return to the community that is still shocked by his crimes.

A 44-year-old man who killed at least 12 people and consumed flesh of his victims was pardoned by President Vladimir Putin in late 2023 and drafted for war in Ukraine. Denis Gorin, a native of Sakhalin Island in Russia’s Far Eastm had earlier walked out of prison to join the mercenary group Wagner and last year was enrolled in the regular army.

He was first time convicted on murder charges in 2003, receiving only ten years, and was released on parole for “good behavior” seven years later. At large, he committed murders in 2010 (the year he was released), in 2011, and 2012.

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Only in 2018, Russian prosecutors were able to prove the killing of three more individuals, but fell short of identifying another nine victims, including a little girl, although Gorin showed the location where he had buried what remained of their bodies. The maniac ate some of them before disposing their remains.

In 2017 he was arrested again and next year, Gorin was sentenced to 22 years in a high security prison. The recruiting of inmates by late warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin for his mercenary group Wagner was Gorin’s golden opportunity to leave the prison earlier. When Wagner was dissolved last year, he joined the military.

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At the beginning of this year, Denis Gorin was recovering from a moderate wound and earned a brief leave. His comrades at arms, who stay away from the cannibal, told journalists that Gorin is unlikely to visit his community for fears of revenge from families of his victims. One of these is his former cell mate whose unfortunate brother was killed and partially eaten by Gorin.

Denis Gorin is the second cannibal pardoned by the Russian dictator. Around the same time, Putin forgave Nikolai Ogolobyak (pictured below), a member of a Satanist gang that slaughtered four teenagers in 2008.

In 2010, a court put him in prison for 20 years and in 2023 the convict answered a call for volunteers willing to go to the frontline. Ogolobyak has barely survived a wound complication in Ukraine and has been permanently decommissioned from the Russian army as a free man, after only six months of service.

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By the end of 2023, the Russian leader pardoned at least 17 convicted murderers in exchange for their participation in the Ukraine war, according to journalists’ accounts. Many of them turned to crime repeatedly during short leaves or demobilization.

Releasing murderers, rapists, maniacs, cannibals, and other sorts of criminals has become a regular practice in Russia, human rights advocates say. The Kremlin does not sense any problem with this practice, with its spokesman Dmitry Peskov stating that “There is a certain procedure that is being implemented, and as far as I know, no exceptions are made to circumvent it.”

Sources: The Insider, Siberian Realities, The Moscow Times, Republic

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