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Military expert who investigated Wagner Group actions arrested in Russia

Vladimir Neelov pleaded not guilty, while the government accuses him of state treason
16:52, 3 November 2018

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Military expert Vladimir Neelov who investigated Wagner Group activities is arrested in Russia on the suspicion of state treason, Meduza reported.

According to the report, the man was detained on October 25 and taken to the FSB office (FSB is the Russian federal security service, - 112 International). Then, he was placed in the Lefortovo detention center.

The investigation believes that Neelov transferred some information abroad, which is a state secret.

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The detainee does not admit his guilt.

Meduza emphasized that Vladimir Neelov is known for his research of private military companies. Some of his publications were focused on the actions of the Wagner Military Group.

In addition, he studied the issues of privatization in the military industry and the world arms market; he was interested in military conflicts in the Balkans, in Afghanistan and in Ukraine.

There is information that the expert read lectures on private military companies abroad at the invitation of non-governmental organizations.

Related: Ukraine claims Wagner Group related to murder of Russian journalists in Central African Republic


Wagner Group is a militarized structure created in 2013 on the basis of the so-called "Slavic Corps." It took part in a number of armed conflicts, including on the side of militants in Donbas and on the side of government troops in Syria.

Earlier the representatives of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) stated that Ukrainians account for 10 percent of Wagner staff, a private military company, as Igor Huskov, the Chief of SBU staff, said as quoted by Ukrainian News.

Answering the question about the amount of Ukrainians who served in Wagner (percentage-wise, - 112 International), Huskov said:

'It’s around 10 percent. But the thing is that Wagner doesn’t have a constant staff, it’s a contract basis, and rotation takes place once in three months or less frequently. There are people who have served in Donbas, then went to Syria three or four times,' he noted.

Related: Journalists & filmmaker murdered while probing Russia’s Wagner ‘mercenaries’

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