Russian military contractor from Wagner Group who sought asylum in Norway is now in police custody

A former high-ranking member of the Russian personal army contractor Wagner Group in search of asylum in Norway is in police custody on suspicion of getting into the Scandinavian nation illegally, authorities stated Monday.

Russian Andrey Medvedev “has been arrested beneath the Immigration Act and it’s being assessed whether or not he must be produced for detention,” Jon Andreas Johansen of Norwegian immigration police informed The Related Press. Norway’s VG newspaper stated detaining him is not a punishment, however a safety measure.

Medvedev’s Norwegian lawyer, Brynjulf Risnes, insisted on broadcaster NRK that his consumer will not be suspected of any offense and that he is unaccustomed to Norway’s new, stricter safety measures.

“Vital safety measures have been launched. Medvedev has issues adapting to them,” Risnes informed NRK.

Medvedev, who says he fears for his life, is believed to have illegally entered Norway after crossing the nation’s 123-mile border with Russia earlier this month.

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In a video posted by the Russian dissident group Gulagu.web, Medvedev stated he got here beneath Russian gunfire earlier than crossing into the Scandinavian nation. Norwegian police stated they had been notified by Russian border guards about tracks within the snow indicating that somebody could have crossed the border illegally.

The “PMC Wagner Centre” is proven forward of its opening in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Oct. 31, 2022. A Russian man who sought asylum in Norway has been detained by the nation’s immigration police.
(AP Picture, File)

Norway’s Nationwide Legal Investigation Service, which takes half within the investigation of struggle crimes in Ukraine stated it is questioning Medvedev who “has the standing of a witness.”

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Medvedev, who has been on the run since he defected from the Wagner Group, has reportedly informed Gulagu.web that he’s prepared to inform the whole lot he is aware of in regards to the shady paramilitary group and its proprietor Yevgeny Prigozhin, a millionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Medvedev stated he left the Wagner Group after his contract was prolonged past the July-November timeline with out his consent. He stated he is keen to testify about any struggle crimes he witnessed and denied collaborating in any.

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The Wagner Group, which has spearheaded assaults towards Ukrainian forces, contains a lot of convicts recruited from Russian prisons. The group has has grow to be more and more influential in Africa.