A ‘former general’ in the US Marines is part of Wagner, Prigogine claims

A 'former general' in the US Marines is part of Wagner, Prigogine claims

In response to a question from the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the Russian businessman replied: “There are no Finnish citizens in the Wagner PMC, there are about 20 people. For obvious reasons, I cannot provide details of ‘exact information about them’.”

“I have a very good opinion of the Finns on the battlefield. They fight in a British battalion (part of Wagner), which is commanded by an American citizen, a former general in the Marine Corps,” quoted by the press Mr. Prigozhin said the service of his company Concorde.

Yevgeny Prigogine, who was nicknamed “Putin’s chef” because of his catering group’s contracts with the Kremlin, has a reputation for becoming a billionaire thanks to the public contracts he received. It is subject to sanctions from the European Union and the United States.

In September, he revealed for the first time that he had set up Wagner in 2014 to fight in Ukraine and acknowledged the presence of mercenaries in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

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For years Wagner has been suspected of playing a role in furthering Kremlin ambitions, including in Ukraine, where fighters from the paramilitary group were on the front lines during the offensive launched in February.

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