Officially, they don’t exist. The Kremlin doesn’t even acknowledge the existence of private military contractors, which are illegal under Russian law.
Researchers and spies refer to the complex of private military contractors linked to the man described as Vladimir Putin’s “chef”, Yevgeny Prigozhin, as the “Wagner Group.”
But experts say Wagner is really an umbrella term that describes numerous small and mid-sized companies – some registered abroad – that serve as Russia’s legionnaires.
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