Contents tagged with Wagner

  • Media: out of 50,000 Russian inmates recruited by Wagner PMC, only 10,000 remain on the front lines in Ukraine

    Out of the 50,000 Russian prisoners recruited by the Wagner private military company to participate in the war in Ukraine, only 10,000 remain on the front lines, the head of the charitable foundation "Russia Behind Bars" told the project My Russian Rights, reports Meduza.

    "According to our information, at the end of December, 42-43 thousand (prisoners) were recruited. Now, there are most likely already over 50 thousand. Of these, ten thousand are fighting on the front lines, because the rest …

  • First group of Wagner mercenaries complete their contract in Ukraine

    The Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports that the first group of prisoners who were recruited into the private military company Wagner Group has completed their contract. They were cleared of all convictions. The owner of the Wagner PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin hismself came to congratulate them.

    "They have completed their contract with honor, with dignity," the founder of the PMC told a group of former prisoners who were going to return to their homeland "with a clear conscience".

    During his …

  • Russian Wagner PMC to open training centers in the Kursk and Belgorod regions

    The owner of the Wagner private military company, Yevgeny Prigozhin, announced the creation of training centers for militiamen in the Kursk and Belgorod regions, reports the Telegram channel "Prigozhin's Cap".

    According to channel, the militia should consist of residents of the region. At the same time, Prigozhin promises to finance the centers himself. "I don't need either the federal or the regional budget, I don't need anything," Prigozhin said.

    "If you are the owner of a small factory …

  • Putin's associate Prigozhin admits he is the founder of Wagner private military company

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, who previously publicly denied his connection with the Wagner private military company, admitted that he was the one who created it. He said that the PMC was established in 2014.

    "Then I flew to one of the training grounds and did it myself. I cleaned the old weapons myself, figured out the bulletproof vests myself and found specialists who could help me with this. From that moment, on May 1, 2014, a group of patriots was born, which later acquired the name Wagner. Only …

  • Ukrainian Forces strike Wagner PMC base in occupied Popasna

    Ukrainian Forces have struck the base of the Russian private military company the Wagner Group in Popasna, reported the Russian military reporter Yuri Kotenok, and the telegram channel “The Reverse Side of the Medal”, which is believed to be associated with the Wagner PMC. Kotenok writes that the strike was probably carried out from HIMARS systems.

    On August 8, Russian war correspondent Sergei Sreda published photos with mercenaries of the Wagner PMC in Popasna. One of the photos also showed a …

  • More than 1,000 Russian inmates recruited by Wagner private military company to fight in Ukraine

    The Russian news outlet Verstka reports, citing inmates, that the representatives of the Wagner private military company managed to visit about 17 Russian penal colonies in 10 regions of the Russian Federation.

    Verstka notes that Russia has already created a special military base for training the recruited inmates. It is located in the territory of the penal colony in Rostov-on-Don. There, inmates are trained for 20 hours a day, 4 hours are given for sleep. The first group, which was trained …

  • Putin's friend Prigozhin tours Russian prisons to recruit inmates for his Wagner Private Military Company fighting in Ukraine

    Prisoners from the Yaroslavl and Tula regions (Russia) told the news outlet Mediazona how a short bald older man with a Hero of Russia star on his jacket, calling himself Yevgeny Prigozhin, tried to recruit them into his "paramilitary organized crime group".

    Mediazona published the stories of two inmates about the visits to their penal colonies of "Putin's chef" Prigozhin, who offered convicts to take part in the war in Ukraine in exchange for money and pardon.

    According to one inmate from …

  • Three Russian mercenaries killed in roadside bomb explosion in Central African Republic

    Three Russian mercenaries and two local policemen were killed when an improvised explosive device was detonated on a stretch of a road between Berberati (Mambere-Kadei Prefecture) and Bouar (Nana-Mambéré) in the Central African Republic (CAR), announced the CAR government spokesman, Anj Maxim Kazagi. According to the AFP news agency, the three Russians are fighters of one of the paramilitary groups.

    "Three Russian allies and two Central African police officers were killed," Kazagi said. …

  • Brother of murdered Syrian demands Kremlin open criminal case against Wagner mercenaries

    The brother of Syrian resident Mohammad E., who was killed by the mercenaries of the Wagner private military company, has filed an application with the Russian Investigative Committee demanding to open a criminal case against the Russians involved in his brother’s execution, reported Novaya Gazeta with reference to the complainant's lawyers.

    The murder took place in 2017. Earlier, Novaya Gazeta published footage of the Wagner mercenaries with a severed head of Mohammad E. The newspaper was …

  • Media: several Russian mercenaries killed by rebels in Central African Republic

    Rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) killed several Russian mercenaries from the private military company the Wagner Group and took another hostage, reported the local newspaper Corbeau News citing a source.

    According to the source, the Russian mercenaries together with the CAR soldiers dismantled an fence, which was earlier built by the rebels. A fire fight broke out because of that, during which Russian mercenaries were killed.

    The newspaper notes that the Russian mercenaries are …