Ex-commander from the Wagner Group fled to Norway and wants to testify (video)

Yuri Kobzar 19:15, 15.01.23

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The former mercenary assures that he has a lot of dirt on Prigozhin and his private army.

Andrey Medvedev commanded a platoon in PMC Wagner / screenshot
Andrey Medvedev commanded a platoon in PMC Wagner / screenshot

Andrei Medvedev , a former platoon commander from the so-called “Wagner Group,” illegally crossed the Russian-Norwegian border and applied for asylum in Norway. He himself spoke about this in an interview with the Russian human rights project Gulagu.net. 

It is alleged that the border crossing took place on Thursday, January 12, near the Russian mining town of Nikel in the Murmansk region. According to Medvedev, right at the time of crossing the border, Russian border guards noticed him and opened fire, but missed.

Once on Norwegian territory, the former mercenary turned to local law enforcement agencies and asked for political asylum. He is currently in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, where he was placed in a center for violators of migration laws.

Medvedev claims that he is ready to tell everything he knows about the activities of the “Wagner group”, including its leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.

What is known about Andrei Medvedev

Medvedev joined the “Wagner group” in July last year. At the end of the 4-month contract, he was forcibly extended his term of service. Then Medvedev arbitrarily left the position and returned to Russia. The man contacted human rights activists and claimed that Prigozhin’s people were trying to catch him, so he was actually on the run. 

In December, Medvedev gave an interview to The Insider, in which he spoke about the executions and losses in the “Wagner group”

“I had 15 people in my department, this is precisely the assault department, which went on combat missions. The prisoners began to come to us in August. We founded the 4th platoon. to the 4th platoon. And in a few days, 3 out of 13 people remained from the platoon,” he said. 

Participation of the “Wagner Group” in the war against Ukraine

Until 2022, the private army of Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, known as the “Wagner Group” or “PMC Wagner”, was staffed by mercenaries from among the former Russian military and police. But against the background of the scale of the current invasion, Prigozhin decided to increase the size of his group at the expense of prisoners from Russian prisons .

I actively use the tactics of “meat shaft”, i.e. brutal assault attacks by forces almost exclusively of infantry, the “Wagner Group” became infamous in the war as the unit with the highest mortality  among all Russian forces.

The “Wagnerites” suffered especially heavy losses during the assault on Soledar.

(C)UNIAN 2023

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