Russian President Vladimir Putin held operational meeting with permanent members of Russian security Council. About this July 31, according to the Kremlin website.
“Was a thorough conversation about the incident with detention of Russian citizens in Belarus. I hope that this situation will be clarified soon and unnecessarily detained Russian citizens freed,” the statement reads.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the head of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko, Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, Secretary of the security Council Nikolai Patrushev, interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and others.
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. On 30 July it became known that concerning detainees opened criminal case under the article about the preparation of terrorist acts.
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.