Russian mercenary commander seeking asylum in Norway, willing to cooperate - Business Insider

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  • A erstwhile commandant for the notorious Wagner Group fled Russia and is present seeking asylum successful Norway.
  • Andrey Medvedev near Russia fearful for his beingness aft leaving the group, his lawyer told Insider.
  • Medvedev intends to cooperate with immoderate war-crime investigations into the group's actions successful Ukraine.

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A commandant successful the notorious Wagner Group, which has been accused of warfare crimes successful Ukraine, is seeking asylum successful Norway, and his lawyer said he's consenting to stroke the whistle connected the actions of the infamous backstage mercenary army.

The Associated Press was the archetypal to study that Andrey Medvedev fled Russia past week and is present seeking structure successful Norway, citing confirmation from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.

Medvedev's Norwegian lawyer, Brynjulf Risnes, confirmed successful a telephone with Insider connected Monday that Medvedev was successful the state and seeking asylum.

Risnes told Insider that Medvedev enlisted with the Wagner Group past summer. He wanted to permission the radical astatine the extremity of his four-month contract, which was owed to expire successful November, but feared it would beryllium indefinitely extended without his consent, his lawyer said.

"He saw nary different enactment but to tally away," Risnes added.

Last week, Medvedev illegally crossed the borderline into Norway, having been successful hiding successful Russia for much than a month.

Medvedev is present seeking asylum due to the fact that helium "fears retribution and, actually, for his life," his lawyer said.

According to his laywer, Medvedev has already spoken to Norwegian migration authorities and intends to cooperate successful immoderate investigations pertaining to imaginable warfare crimes committed by the Wagner Group successful Ukraine.

He added that Medvedev intends to stock "everything helium knows astir the mode the Wagner Group works connected the inside," including perchance with the International Criminal Court successful The Hague.

The Wagner Group, which is progressively recruiting from Russian prisons, is alleged by a assortment of organizations to person committed actions successful Ukraine that would represent warfare crimes.

Ukrainian prosecutors accidental that Wagner Group mercenaries killed and tortured civilians adjacent Kyiv successful April 2022, portion the German foreign-intelligence work said it has grounds that the group's mercenaries massacred civilians successful Bucha, Ukraine, successful March 2022.

Its mercenaries person antecedently been accused of raping women successful a maternity ward successful the Central African Republic and of deliberately targeting civilians successful Mali.

The group's brutal tactics aren't constricted to those connected the other broadside of the conflict.

In December, Medvedev told The Insider, a Latvia-based media outlet that is not affiliated with this publication, that helium knew of 10 cases successful which the Wagner Group had executed mercenaries who refused to instrumentality portion successful combat.

He added that he was contiguous astatine respective killings and claimed to person video grounds of 2 prisoners being executed by the radical for refusing to combat successful Ukraine.

The Wagner Group has antecedently been deployed successful Libya, Syria, and successful different destinations crossed the world.