Andrei Medvedev, a former division commander of the Kremlin-linked private military company Wagner Group and suspected of war crimes in Ukraine, has applied for political asylum in Norway, Radio Svoboda reported Sunday. Reports from the Russian freedom portal Gulagu.net.
“For the first time since the war began Ukraine “The former commander of one of the Wagner group units fled the Russian Federation to Europe and agreed to testify,” Gulagu.net founder Vladimir Osichin was quoted as saying by radio.
According to his account, at the beginning of July 2022, Andrey Medvedev, a resident of the Tomsk region, signed a four-month contract with the Wagner Group. He was sent to Chalsk, and from there to the Luhansk region, where he was appointed commander of the mercenary assault division.
Medvedev took part in the Battle of Pakmut and was the direct commander of Yevgeny Nuzhin, a former prisoner who was allegedly beheaded by Wagnerians with a sledgehammer after his return from a Ukrainian prison.
“I fear for my life and health”
In mid-December, a video circulated on social networks in which Andrei Medvedev, who introduced himself as a fugitive, talked about threatening the fighters of the Wagner group. He demanded that the Federal Security Service (FSB) investigate the mercenaries and their boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin.
– Wagner’s security services began to harass me, put me on the wanted list of the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. “I fear for my life and health,” Medvedev said then.
Medvedev had to cross the Russian border Norway Near the village of Nickel in the Murmansk region. According to his account, he managed to climb a high border fence, run across a frozen lake, and then reach a border settlement, where he surrendered to the police, despite being chased by border guards with dogs firing at him. Currently, Medvedev is in an asylum center in Oslo, where he is seeking political asylum and wants to testify against Prigozhin, known as “Putin’s chef” because he also runs a catering company that serves the Kremlin.
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