Contents tagged with Wagner private military company

  • Russian media reveals sources of the reports about Russian mercenaries in Venezuela

    Yevgeny Shabaev, a Cossack leader who chairs the All-Russian Officer’s Assembly, revealed the sources of the reports that Russian mercenaries have been sent to protect Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro during the political crisis in the country.

    Shabaev told RBC that on 21 January he received a request for assistance from a fighter in one of the Russian private military companies (PMCs). “One of the boys who is involved in the protection of the elite persons in the current structures of the …

  • Putin replaces Russian ambassador to Central African Republic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree nominating Vladimir Titorenko as a new Russian ambassador in the Central African Republic (CAR).

    The previous ambassador, Sergei Lobanov has been relieved of his responsibilities. Lobanov was the Russian Ambassador in CAR from March 15th, 2011. Before that, he was the deputy director of the security department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also worked in the Russian embassies in India and Ghana.

    On January 10th, the CAR Minister of …

  • Media publishes employment contracts details of Russian mercenaries from Wagner private military company

    A mercenary from the Wagner private military company (PMC) in Syria has revealed information on the employment contract signed by the PMC’s mercenaries. An investigation was published by the BBC Russian service.

    According to the source, Nikolay Averny, there is a PMC training camp at in the Russian village of Molkino in Krasnodar Krai, where new recruits spend three days. On the first day, they do physical training – a three kilometer cross-country and other exercises. On the second, they …

  • Media uncovers ties between Wagner private military company and Putin’s chef

    The BBC Russian service has found a connection between the Wagner private military company (PMC) and the businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is also known as “Putin’s Chef”.

    Megaline, a company affiliated with Prigozhin, built a chapel in Russia’s Rostov province to commemorate the Russian volunteers who died in Syria. It has also built a number of facilities for the Defense Ministry, including a small military town in the region of the Belgorod province bordering with Ukraine.

    The company …

  • Media: Six fighters of Russian private military company killed in Syria

    Six mercenaries from the Russian Wagner private military company (PMC) were killed in Syria when a police building exploded, Novaya Gazeta reports, citing its own sources.

    According to the Russian news outlet, the explosion took place on November 4 in the old Syrian criminal police building on the Damascus-Deir ez-Zor route, killing 11 people. The casualties included five Syrian government soldiers and six persons who presumably belonged to a division of the Wagner PMC.

    One source stated that …

  • Putin prepares for military campaign in Libya

    Inspired by the military campaign in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to assist another ally, this time in Libya.

    Russia has already begun to deploy special forces and GRU troops with orders to train personnel for Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, a Libyan military leader who opposes the government supported by the UN, US and EU.

    Under the guise of the Wagner Private Military Company, Russia has established military bases in Tobruk and Benghazi on Libya’s north-east coast, and …

  • Ukrainian Security Service publishes names of 8 more Wagner mercenaries killed by US in Syria

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has published information on another eight mercenaries from the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) who were killed in Syria on February 7, 2018, in a clash with US forces, SBU spokesman Ihor Huskov told Ukrainsky Novyny ( Ukrainian News).

    “Russia officially said their were five casualties, but we have constantly been publishing information confirming the deaths of 50 people. Today I can present you with information on another eight casualties, two of …

  • Media: New Russian private military company may be behind killing of Russian journalists in Central Africa

    The highly publicized murder of Russian investigative journalists in the Central African Republic may be directly connected to the recently founded Patriot private military company (PMC) which operates in the country,reported the Dozhd TV channel, citing its own sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, a mercenary from the Patriot PMC, and an veteran intelligence officer acquainted with a Patriot fighter.

    All of the sources believe that the murder was motivated by the research which Orkhan …

  • Putin signs decree allowing Russian intelligence agencies to recruit private spies

    Russian President Vldaimir Putin has signed a decree allowing Russian intelligence to have a new type of secret service agents - "foreign intelligence officers of the Russian Federation that are not part of the staff", but are involved in performing intelligence missions, the newspaper Vedomosti reports.

    Information about such employees is now classified.  According to the new decree, disclosing of such information entails criminal liability.

    This is the first time such definition appears in …

  • Ukrainian Security Service publishes names of Russian mercenaries killed in February fight with Americans in Syria

    Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) published names of 50 mercenaries of the Russian private military company (PMC), the Wagner Grour killed in February fight with Americans in Syria.

    The list was published on the SBU website on Tuesday.

    The list includes not only Russian citizens but also several Ukrainians from the Luhansk and Kharkiv regions, as well as one Moldovan and one Armenian citizen.

    On February 7 in Syria, pro-government armed groups attacked the headquarters of the Syrian …