Russia is sending thousands of convicted criminals to the front in its war of aggression against Ukraine. According to media reports, a Siberian region is now reacting.

The penal camps in the towns of Gromadsk and Arejskoye are affected. The measure is not related to reduced crime, the region's human rights commissioner, Mark Denisov, told the newspaper Kommersant. The social structure did not change as a result of the war, and the prisons would probably be needed again in five years, he said.