“The storage space of the device had dozens of files – from the guidelines on the planting of anti-personal mines and creation of improvised explosive devices, up to the shooting of reconnaissance and surveillance drones. There were also a few downloaded books, including Mein Kampf. Game of Thrones and guidelines on winemaking,” the message says.
The journalist received the tablet through the sources in Libya: soldiers found the forgotten Samsung tablet in the combat actions zone. The device was taken from London and his signal was blocked to prevent it from being traced. Nevertheless, the journalists did not find the personal information of its owner.
The most interesting finding is the military maps of the combat actions zone with notes in the Russian language. The majority of the notes were concentrated near the southern edge of Tripoli, Ain Zara, where Wagner members fought against temporary authorities of Libya in February-March 2020. The maps coincided with the shooting of deserted streets of Ain Zara made by drone and found at the tablet.
When the maps are zoomed in, it is possible to see red spots marked by words. It is supposed that it could be nicknames of the mercenaries. The journalists compared the words with Myrotvorets base and found that one of the nicknames “Metla” (Broom) can be attributed to Russian citizen Fedor Metelkin.
It is added that the tablet and documents on it shows the scales of the operations of the group in the country and “allow to suppose that it is supported at the highest level, despite the consistent denial of the Russian authorities of any ties with Wagner”.
In July 2020, Belarusian law enforcers apprehended more than 30 militants of the Kremlin-backed Wagner private military company. Part of these people served in the Donbas combat zone, siding with the so-called "people's republics" of Russian mercenaries. In August 2020, Belarus decided to send them back to Russia, though Ukraine requested their extradition.
In an interview, Russian leader Vladimir Putin stated that the special services of Ukraine and the U.S. were involved in that special operation.
In June 2021, president Zelensky denied the information about Ukrainian special agents participating in the operation. The SBU, State Security Service of Ukraine began to look into a possible breaches of the operation that occurred due to the information leak.
On July 22, the Kyiv court obliged the State Bureau of Investigations to begin the pre-trial investigation into the possible fact of high treason committed by President Volodymyr Zelensky and his team, as they could be involved in disrupting the operation to detain Wagner private military company.