It’s time for Russia’s Wagner mercenaries to come in from the cold

The Kremlin would be best served by acknowledging the reality of what is happening on the ground – rather than peddling the denial, writes Borzou Daragahi

Sunday 02 August 2020 21:33
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Alexander Lukashenko (right) has recently complained about Wagner mercenaries
Alexander Lukashenko (right) has recently complained about Wagner mercenaries

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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