A former high-ranking member of the Russian personal navy contractor Wagner Group searching for asylum in Norway is in police custody on suspicion of coming into the Scandinavian nation illegally, authorities stated Monday.
Russian Andrey Medvedev “has been arrested below 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 Associated 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 shopper isn’t suspected of any offense and that he is unaccustomed to Norway’s new, stricter safety measures.
“Significant 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 below Russian gunfire earlier than crossing into the Scandinavian nation. Norwegian police stated they have been notified by Russian border guards about tracks within the snow indicating that somebody could have crossed the border illegally.
Norway’s National Criminal Investigation Service, which takes half within the investigation of conflict 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 every little thing 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 prepared to testify about any conflict crimes he witnessed and denied collaborating in any.
The Wagner Group, which has spearheaded assaults in opposition to Ukrainian forces, consists of numerous convicts recruited from Russian prisons. The group has has turn into more and more influential in Africa.