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‘Afraid of dying in agony’: former Wagner commander on dramatic escape – audio




A former commander of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group who fought in Ukraine said he has fled to Norway and is seeking asylum after witnessing the killing and mistreatment of Russian prisoners brought to the frontline. Andrey Medvedev, an orphan who joined the Russian army and served time in prison before joining Wagner in July 2022, said he had slipped away from the group after witnessing the killing of captured deserters. ‘I am afraid of dying in agony,’ Medvedev told Vladimir Osechkin, founder of Gulagu.net, in a video published by the rights group on 15 January. Gulag.net said it had helped Medvedev leave Russia after he approached the group in fear for his life. Medvedev said he crossed the border, climbing through barbed-wire fences and evading a border patrol with dogs, and heard guards firing shots as he ran through a forest and over thin and breaking ice into Norway. Norwegian police said a foreign citizen had been arrested on Thursday night after illegally crossing the Russian-Norwegian border in the Arctic and was seeking asylum
Former Wagner Group commander who fled to Norway feared for his life

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