The police arrested the former leader of the Russian Wagner Group Andrei Medvedev, who fled to Norway

the main points
  • Andrey Medvedev is a former high-ranking member of the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group.
  • A spokesperson said he had been arrested under Norwegian immigration law and was being “assessed whether he should be brought into custody”.
  • He is believed to have entered Norway illegally after crossing the country’s border with Russia earlier this month.
Authorities said a former high-ranking member of the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group seeking asylum in Norway is in detention on suspicion of entering the Scandinavian country illegally.
Jon Andreas Johansen of the Norwegian Immigration Police told the Associated Press that Russian Andrei Medvedev “was arrested under immigration law and it is being assessed whether he should be brought into custody.”
The Norwegian newspaper VG said that his arrest was not intended as a punishment but rather a security measure.

Medvedev, who says he fears for his life if he returns to Russia, is believed to have entered Norway illegally after crossing the country’s 200km border with Russia earlier this month.

Vladimir Usychkin, of the Russian splinter group Gulagu.net, which helped Medvedev flee Russia, said he was in protective custody in a safe house and was transferred without explanation to a secure immigration facility.
Medvedev’s Norwegian lawyer, Brynjolf Resens, insisted on NRK radio that his client was not suspected of any crime and that he was unaccustomed to the tough new security measures Norway had taken for him.
In a video posted by Gulako, Medvedev said he came under Russian fire before crossing into the Scandinavian country.
Norwegian police said they were notified by Russian border guards about traces in the snow indicating the possibility of someone crossing illegally.

Norway’s National Criminal Investigation Service said it was questioning Medvedev “who has witness status”.

Usishkin said the former fighter spoke to investigators on Friday.
Medvedev, who has been on the run since defecting from the Wagner Group, reportedly told Gulagu.net that he is ready to tell everything he knows about the dubious paramilitary group and its owner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a millionaire with ties to the Russian president. Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Medvedev said he left the Wagner Group after his contract was extended beyond the July-November schedule without his consent.

The Wagner Group, which spearheaded attacks against Ukrainian forces, includes a large number of convicts recruited from Russian prisons. The group is becoming increasingly influential in Africa.

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