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The bloodiest serial killer in Russia has demanded to be freed so that he can fight for Russian President Vladimir Putin's failing army in Ukraine.
Former cop Mikhail Popkov, 58, was nicknamed 'The Werewolf' after killing 83 women between 1992 and 2012.
It is actually thought that his victim total is around 200, although he has only ever confessed to the smaller number.
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He would target women who did things that he saw as “immoral”, lure them to him while wearing a police uniform, offer the women a lift in his police car and then brutally murder them.
He used a variety of tools, including knives, axes and screwdrivers – before shockingly raping their dead bodies.
And now he wants to help fight for Russia.
Bizarrely, Russian authorities permitted state TV to interview him behind bars last week as he pleaded to join Putin’s fighters.
He claimed he had radio-electronics experience from his time as a Red Army conscript, and hopes to use the infamous Kremlin prisoner scheme which has freed as many as 40,000 convicts to the front line in order to gain his liberty.
Popkov is even suddenly confessing to more murders as he seeks to win a place in the feared Wagner Group mercenary army, headed by Putin crony Yevgeny Prigozhin, which is backing the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
He was asked by Russian state TV: “What is your dream?”
He replied: “To join the army.
“I would not hesitate to do so.
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“If I refer to my military registration profession, I think it's in rather high demand now.
“Though it's probably more modern these days – radio-electronics.
“But even though I've been in prison for 10 years, I don't think it would be so hard to learn quickly.”
He implied that his wish to fight in the war was stronger than a simple desire.
“This is not a computer game, these are not fiction books about superheroes,” he said.
The Kremlin has yet to respond to his request.
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