Russia´s mercenary group Wagner´s former commander who fled to Norway has been apprehended by police
Police in Norway have detained Andrei Medvedev, Russian mercenary group Wagner´s former commander after he had recently fled to the country by crossing the border.
The announcement of his arrest was made on Monday, January 23, as Russian human rights groups now fear that he will be deported back to Russia.
A statement by Line Isaksen, Norway police lawyer, cited by Euronews said, “He has been apprehended, and we are considering whether to seek a court’s decision for internment”.
Medvedev, who was fighting with the Russian mercenary group in the Ukraine war, has previously been reported to have said that he fears for his life. He has also commented that he is afraid after witnessing the killing and bad treatment of Russian prisoners of war, who are fighting in against Ukraine for the Wagner group.
Another statement confirming his detention in Norway was also made by the Russian group Gulagu.net, as per the report. The group works on prisoner rights in the country and stated that they had been in contact with Medvedev.
They also added that he was detained after being handcuffed on Sunday. He was then sent to a detention facility, from which he will be deported.
The group has also stated that Medvedev “would face brutal murder and death for speaking out against Wagner if he was returned to Russia”.
“We do not whitewash Medvedev. He has done many bad things in his life,” the rights group said, as cited by the report.
The statement added, “But he has seen the light, he has realized this, he is ready and willing to cooperate with the world, with the international investigation and with the authorities of Norway, he wants to live and testify against Wagner and its founder Yevgeny Prigozhin”.
Meanwhile, no confirmation has been given by Norwegian government of the police so far, in connection with the reports of his possible deportation.
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