Detained near Minsk the Russian mercenaries of private military companies (PMCs) “Wagner” – is only a part of the group that had intended to deliver to the country.
About it on 1 August at a meeting with leaders of the KGB and Sledkoma said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, informs the website of the President.
“Well done, found out that this is the first group. I understand that this is only the first group of 180 or 200 people who planned to transfer in Belarus. And then, when I say this (I read the report), it is accurate today. And the attempt there to hide the “tail” in Russia and is almost with us, they agreed upon the arrival of this group, is complete nonsense,” – said Lukashenko.
He noted that the admission of Belarus Russian military gives the President and such permission was not.
“Moreover, we are serious suspicions the goals that the group had planned”, – said Lukashenko.
He asked to speak with the detainees carefully.
“They are certainly guilty, but not enough against them to take some tough measures. It is the soldiers. Ordered them – they went. It is necessary to understand with those who has ordered, who sent them here,” – explained Lukashenko.
About the detention of 33 Russians who are in the PMCs “Wagner”, the Belarusian authorities announced on July 29. More than 10 of them are included in the list of the Ukrainian site “Peacemaker” as participants in the armed conflict in the Donbass on the side of Pro-Russian militants. In the security Council of Belarus said that the detainees opened criminal case under the article about the preparation of terrorist acts, later it was reported that they are suspected of preparing mass riots.
On 31 July, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine reported on suspicion in participation in terrorist organizations 28 detainees in Belarus mercenaries and notified the Minsk intention to request their extradition.
Russian military journalist Semyon Pegov said that the company “Wagner” intended to transfer a group of his fighters via Belarus to Africa and the Belarusian authorities knew about it. “Radio Svoboda” believes that the destination was Sudan.
The security Council of Belarus said that the Russian Federation was not notified of the transfer of power PMC via Belarus.
In Sledkom Belarus said that detainees give contradictory testimony.