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

A former high-ranking member of the Russian non-public army contractor Wagner Group in search of asylum in Norway is in police custody on suspicion of getting into the Scandinavian nation illegally, authorities mentioned Monday.Russian Andrey Medvedev “has been arrested below the Immigration Act and it’s being assessed whether or not he ought to be produced for detention,” Jon Andreas Johansen of Norwegian immigration police instructed The Related Press. Norway’s VG newspaper mentioned 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.”Important safety measures have been launched. Medvedev has issues adapting to them,” Risnes instructed 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.RUSSIAN MAN, AN ALLEGED FORMER HIGH-RANKING WAGNER GROUP OFFICIAL, SEEKS ASYLUM IN NORWAYIn a video posted by the Russian dissident group Gulagu.internet, Medvedev mentioned he got here below Russian gunfire earlier than crossing into the Scandinavian nation. Norwegian police mentioned they have been notified by Russian border guards about tracks within the snow indicating that somebody might 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 Prison Investigation Service, which takes half within the investigation of conflict crimes in Ukraine mentioned it is questioning Medvedev who “has the standing of a witness.”RUSSIAN WAGNER GROUP GAINS GLOBAL NOTORIETY FROM AFRICA TO UKRAINE, BUT DIVISION BREWS AT HOMEMedvedev, who has been on the run since he defected from the Wagner Group, has reportedly instructed Gulagu.internet that he’s prepared to inform all the pieces he is aware of concerning the shady paramilitary group and its proprietor Yevgeny Prigozhin, a millionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Medvedev mentioned he left the Wagner Group after his contract was prolonged past the July-November timeline with out his consent. He mentioned he is keen to testify about any conflict crimes he witnessed and denied taking part in any.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Wagner Group, which has spearheaded assaults in opposition to Ukrainian forces, consists of a lot of convicts recruited from Russian prisons. The group has has develop into more and more influential in Africa.