Wagner private military corporation began recruiting troops again in some Russian cities, more than 4 months after the rebellion of tycoon Prigozhin.

Russian media reported on November 1 that representative offices of the private military corporation Wagner in the cities of Perm and Novosibirsk have begun to resume member recruitment activities. However, this group has changed its recruitment policy, only signing contracts with Russian citizens without criminal records instead of recruiting prisoners as under Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Page 59.ru said that the current leader of Wagner Group is Pavel Prigozhin, son of the late tycoon. This private military corporation is currently under the management of the Russian National Guard, a force tasked with dealing with domestic security threats and reporting directly to President Vladimir Putin.

“We have reached an agreement with the National Guard, not the Ministry of Defense. Part of the condition of the agreement is that we do not recruit people who have committed crimes or are sick,” said a Wagner representative in Novosibirsk.

Military Review page week reported that Wagner had also reached an agreement to rejoin the war in Ukraine as a brigade under the Russian National Guard. Wagner gunmen deployed to fight are those who have combat experience or work as mercenaries, in addition to new recruits in good health, ranging in age from 20 to 55 years old.

Ukrainian military spokesman Serhiy Cherevatyi said on September 27 that hundreds of Wagner members have returned to fight in the east of the country but emphasized that this is a “disorganized” force, not making a big impact on the battlefield.

Wagner Group once played an important role in Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, especially at the Bakhmut front, a city that took Russian forces more than 10 months to control. This group is also present in Africa, helping Russia build influence in the region.

However, Wagner’s future became uncertain after the failed rebellion in June and the death of tycoon Yevgeny Prigozhin in a plane crash in August. President Putin then signed a decree requiring members of the Volunteer units, including Wagner, to swear allegiance to the Russian flag.

This decree is considered a decisive move to place armed groups like Wagner under the direct command of the Russian armed forces. By reaching an agreement with the National Guard, Wagner seems to have avoided the situation of having to comply with instructions from the Department of Defense. This agency has had many conflicts with this force.