Wagner PMC Recruitment





The Wagner Group is the offspring of the Slavonic Corps, a Russian paramilitary group active in Syria in 2013. The Corps was quickly dismantled following its failure on the field. As its successor, Wagner started operating in 2014 in Ukraine and Syria. Like its older iteration, it is formed by former members of the Russian military or secret services, most notably the GRU.

As a Private Military Company (PMC), the Wagner Group offers a range of services : close protection of public personalities, military formation and consulting on security matters. However, numerous reports and evidences point to the fact that the group far exceeds these activities. Most notably, the Group is taking an active part in combat actions in both Africa and the Middle East.

More than 3000 mercenaries have served in Syria, 2500 in Ukraine and about a 1000 in Libya and the Central African Republic. They act both alongside the Russian army and on their own. In all cases, their operate in areas in suitable to Moscow’s strategic interests.

But in spite of this flourishing activity, the Wagner Group has no legal existence. Private Military Companies are indeed outlawed in Russia. Practically, the company is registered in Argentina, and both Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov denied its existence on multiple occasions.

These mercenaries can therefore freely conduct actions the Russian Federation cannot officially acknowledge. They are a tool for Moscow to promote its agenda, without taking responsibility for illegal behaviors. Nonetheless, it does not prevent the government from providing material and facilities such as the training camp in Molkino (Krasnodar Krai).

As a private company, the Wagner Group is first and foremost driven by profit. They are largely used for site protection of mining societies. These all link to one man : Evgeny Prigozhin. This Russian oligarch is close to the Kremlin, and built is fortune in the catering industry, with contracts with many Russian administrations including the Ministry of Defense. He is believed to be the founder of Wagner Group.

Prigozhin is also behind information manipulation operations, and is of the Internet Research Agency accused of interfering in the US elections.

Coordinating the Wagner Group with his mining companies, Prigozhin is both advancing Russia’s strategic interests, and making personal gains. All of that, by taking advantage of vulnerable populations and unstable countries.

Joint communication concerning the recruitment of prisoners in #Russia for #WagnerGroup & their deployment in #Ukraine which display, among others, indicators of #forcedlabour. Led by Working Group on #Mercenaries

Dr Sorcha MacLeod @DrSorcs

1/2 Latest Allegation Letter from @UN_SPExperts WG on #mercenaries + @TomObokata @WGEID @DrAliceJEdwards & SR Extrajudicial Killings concerns the recruitment of prisoners from Russian correctional facilities for #WagnerGroup & deployment in #Ukraine.

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#Prigozhin info ops
authors: @dossier_center
To #WagnerGroup founder, info security remains the priority. All who aspire to work for him must start with thorough polygraph tests. Sample questions attached. In general polygraphers must find the weakest link (media/family/…

The MMA club where #WagnerGroup recruits its stormtroopers is called "Торпеда" - in Rus. criminal slang, a young half-wit violent criminal/inmate incentivized to sacrifice himself by starting/ provoking a fight on his own.
#Russia is a land of incessant irony, now more than ever

Jack Margolin @Jack_Mrgln

Prigozhin visiting the Torpeda MMA club in Ryazan, site of a Wagner recruiting station (another desk in the corner of a gym). He talks to recruits who will are about to leave for training, it’s viscerally awkward.

1/2 Latest Allegation Letter from @UN_SPExperts WG on #mercenaries + @TomObokata @WGEID @DrAliceJEdwards & SR Extrajudicial Killings concerns the recruitment of prisoners from Russian correctional facilities for #WagnerGroup & deployment in #Ukraine.

Ex-deputy commander of the military unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Passed intelligence on the video surveillance system in Zhytomyr to Wagner - SBU

#Wagner #WagnerGroup #Russia #Ukraine #Russian #RussiaInvadedUkraine #UkraineRussianWar #StandWithRussia #RussianUkrainianWar


Llevo años fijándome en la presencia rusa en uno de los países más pobres del mundo. Os cuento lo último que sé. Aquí va: El laboratorio africano de #WagnerGroup : minerales, madera, violencia y un DNI español https://elpais.com/internacional/2023-03-23/el-laboratorio-africano-del-grupo-wagner-minerales-madera-violencia-y-un-dni-espanol.html

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