Employees of the FSB and PMC “Wagner” asked for asylum in France and testify against the Russian Federation

Their testimonies can help the investigation of Russian war crimes.

Employees of the FSB and PMC "Wagner" asked for asylum in France and testify / photo ua.depositphotos.com
Employees of the FSB and PMC “Wagner” asked for asylum in France and testify / photo ua.depositphotos.com

An employee of PMC “Wagner” and an employee of the FSB asked for political asylum from France.

Vladimir Osechkin, founder of the human rights project Gulagu.net, told The Insider about this .

“One person is related to the work of the headquarters and Prigozhin’s team, the second is an employee of the FSB. … Now each of these people will testify about war crimes, I hope they will have the opportunity to cooperate with the international investigation and testify against Yevgeny Prigozhin and other persons Putin’s regime. One of the major foreign TV channels makes material based on the testimony of one of them,” Osechkin said.

He also noted that both were on the same plane, and each thought that the other had been sent for him.

“Both simultaneously went to ask for political asylum and international protection, it looked very strange – each of them decided that the second one was here for him. The French police and airport security also had suspicions, the situation is non-standard,” Osechkin said. 

The human rights activist also said that the FSB officer “has a rather serious insider, connected with the document flow, with a lot of important information.”

“And in connection with the invasion of Ukraine, and on the processes taking place recently through the department of counterintelligence and the Ministry of Defense,” he added. 

The position of France regarding the entry of Russians into the country

As UNIAN reported earlier, after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, many Russians left the country. After Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization on September 21 , citizens began to flee en masse to neighboring countries. Reported departure from 600-700 thousand to a million people in the first days. 

Against this background, a number of countries declared that they would not become a haven for Russian citizens fleeing the mobilization, and closed entry for them. 

France, in turn, said that the country will take into account the conditions of each person and any security risks.

“We will make sure that dissident journalists, anti-regime people, artists and students can still come here, and we will issue visas on a case-by-case basis, taking into account security risks,” said French Deputy European Affairs Minister Lawrence Boone. 

(C)UNIAN 2022


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