UNorwegian police have arrested a former mercenary from the Russian paramilitary group Wagner who fled to Norway ten days ago under immigration law, police said on Monday.
“The person concerned has been arrested under immigration law and is being considered for detention in an illegal aliens camp,” police officer in charge of immigration affairs Jan Andreas Johansson told AFP in an email.
The police did not give the exact reasons for his arrest or give further comment.
Andrei Medvedev, 26, who crossed the Russian-Norwegian border in the far north on the night of January 12-13 and sought asylum in the Scandinavian country, said he was “willing to talk about his experience,” according to his lawyer. Wagner Group to people investigating war crimes.
The man says he fought in Ukraine in Wagner’s uniform for four months before leaving in November when the paramilitary organization led by businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin extended his contract against his will.
He has been grilled by Norwegian authorities in an undisclosed location since his arrival in the country, acting as a valuable witness who could shed light on the paramilitary group’s brutality in Ukraine.
Many experts believe that Medvedev will not be able to cross the heavily guarded border without help. He himself says that he secretly walked across the now-frozen Pasvik River, which marks the Russian-Norwegian border, under the bullets of Russian guards with dogs at his heels.
AFP could not independently confirm the veracity of his comments.
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