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The Russians, the data of which were published by the security Service of Ukraine (SBU), can actually be employees of private military companies (PMCs) Wagner. This is stated in the British investigation group Bellingcat.
It stresses that directly confirm the link with the PMC named people, however, indirect evidence suggests that’s about it. Investigators analyzed the flights in Russia, some of these persons in the lists of the SBU. For this they used a copy of the database internal bookings from 2014 to 2016.
In the end, in 11 attempts, they found seven matches. Indicates that people first came from the regions where he lived in Moscow or Saint Petersburg and then flew to the airport of Pashkovskiy. Is Krasnodar international airport, near which, presumably, is the training base of mercenaries, PMCs Wagner.
Thus two of them to travel from St. Petersburg was not internal passports, and overseas. The group considers that it also may serve as indirect evidence: there was building his business billionaire Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is associated with the PMCs.
At the same time information on SBU regard mercenaries with Russian intelligence investigators to confirm or deny could not. They indicated that they have no access to the database of international passports issued by the division 770-001. Earlier in mass media there was information that there was obtained the documents secret GRU (now the Main administration of the General staff of the Russian armed forces).
That in the Sudan allegedly constantly there are employees of PMC Wagner and Russia hides this information from the international community, the SBU announced on January 25. Three days later, the service has published data on names and foreign passports of the mercenaries.
Prior to this, the representative of the foreign Ministry of Russia Maria Zakharova admitted that in the Sudan are Russian specialists. She stressed that they are employees of private companies, not government-related, and they are engaged exclusively in the preparation of personnel for law enforcement agencies of the country.
In November 2018, it was reported that the mercenaries, who are linked to billionaire Yevgeny Prigozhin, provided security in several African countries. Among them was called the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Libya, Madagascar, Angola, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and the Central African Republic. It was alleged that the businessman with the help of mercenaries and political experts is ready to train in the use of weapons, or to organize and conduct the campaign. In exchange for the services of its structure, in particular, are eligible for mining according to the material.
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