There has been a lot of speculation about the Wagner Group after their armed rebellion in Russia last weekend.
journalists in BBC She claims to have contacted more than a dozen Wagner recruitment centers in Russia to see if they are still active. They used a Russian phone number and said they were calling “on behalf of a brother,” if asked why they were calling.
All the recruitment centers that responded confirmed that operations were proceeding as normal. There’s also no indication that they think the group will be disbanded, write BBC.
– Call me
– We are recruiting a Wagner team for the war in Ukraine, yes. If anyone wants to go, they can call me and we’ll find one day, one of the people who answered at the recruitment centers said.
One of the reasons for the mutiny was that the Kremlin decided that the Wagner Group should submit to the Russian defense and that the soldiers should sign a contract with the country’s military might.
Putin called those behind the uprising traitors who betrayed his country, but did not mention Prigozhin by name.
Phone calls made by BBC journalists would reveal that Wagner was still business as usual in Russia.
Several people who answered the phone confirmed that the new members signed contracts with the Wagner Group themselves, not the Russian Ministry of Defense. BBC.
It has nothing to do with the Ministry of Defense. Nothing has stopped, we are still recruiting, and it is said that someone in another position has responded.
Nothing should change
Putin has long denied that the Russian Defense Ministry was involved with the Wagner Group. That was until Tuesday, when Putin said the Wagner Group was funded “completely and completely” by the state.
So there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the group’s future. Wagner’s soldiers are said to have been given the choice of seeking exile in Belarus or joining the Russian army.
Phone calls tell a different story.
– We are told if something changes, but we hear nothing, someone in a center in Krasnodar in southern Russia is said to have responded BBC.
The head of the Russian parliament’s defense committee, Andrei Kartapolov, said on Thursday that Prigozhin had been warned earlier that Wagner would end up under the defense ministry.
– The Ministry of Defense said that all groups must sign contracts, and they all did, except for Prigozhin, – Kartapolov said.
Referred to as the Russian shooting range
Many experts have stated that the rebellion is one of the biggest challenges Putin has faced, and that his position is now weakened. However, the Russian authorities announced that they would not pursue the Wagner Group and its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin.
– Everything is as before, for the time being. A person at a center in Saratov, in southern Russia, said that everyone goes to the fitness center in Molkino BBCand referred to a Russian shooting range previously linked to the Wagner Group.
Prigozhin is allegedly in exile in Belarus, but this has not been confirmed. His private plane landed on Tuesday morning at the Matyulyshi military base in Minsk, but it is not known if he was on board. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claims that the Russian authorities have no idea where Prigozhin is.
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