The Russian Embassy called the message about the murder of Russians in the Central African Republic “stuffing”

The report about the murder of Russians in the Central African Republic is not true, the Russian embassy said. Previously, Anadolu reported the death of “two mercenaries of the Russian PMC Wagner” in this country

The Russian Embassy in the Central African Republic (CAR) called the information about the murder of two Russians in this country, RBC said in the diplomatic mission.

“The report of the Turkish news agency Anadolu is not true. Most likely, this is an information stuffing from the opposition with the aim of destabilizing the situation in the country,»,— The embassy said in a statement.

Earlier, the Turkish Anadolu agency reported, citing the media, that “two mercenaries of the Russian PMC Wagner” were killed in the north-west of the Central African Republic. Which publication reported this, it did not specify.

According to the resource, the incident occurred near the village of Juve in the Uam Pende district, where the rebel group “Coalition of Patriots for Change” “laid an ambush for mercenaries.”

Mercenarism in Russia is prohibited by law: for participation in armed conflicts on the territory of another country, the Criminal Code provides for up to seven years in prison (Article 359), for recruitment, training, financing mercenary, “as well as its use in an armed conflict or hostilities”— up to 15 years in prison. There are no other laws regulating the sphere of PMCs in Russia.

In January, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that Wagner's so-called private military company (PMC) controls all key security issues in the Central African Republic. He mentioned this PMC in the context of the situation in Mali, where two military coups took place during the year. The military that came to power refused to quickly hold elections and hand over rule to civilians, saying that the members of the group “settled” and in this country. Malian authorities have previously denied this.

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Last December, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union imposed sanctions against PMC Wagner and a number of individuals associated with it. The document stated that “the Wagner Group is responsible for serious human rights violations in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, the Central African Republic (CAR), Sudan and Mozambique, including torture and extrajudicial, mass or arbitrary executions and killings.” ;.

Sanctions were imposed against Dmitry Utkin, who is referred to in the document as the founder and commander of the Wagner group, “Wagner PMC mercenary”. Stanislav Dychko, “a key figure in the command structure of the Wagner Group” Valery Zakharov and other persons involved, according to the EU, in the work of the organization. In 2017, the United States also imposed sanctions against PMCs and Utkin.

In 2016 Fontanka wrote that the non-existing de jure PMC was named “Wagner” by the call sign of Utkin. Prior to founding this company, he served in the Pskov brigade of the GRU special forces, after being transferred to the reserve, he worked in the Moran Security Group – a private company that specializes in the protection of ships. In 2014, Utkin began commanding his own group of fighters, called Wagner PMCs. Interlocutors of RBC in 2016 said that she participated, among other things, in the battles for Palmyra in Syria.

The US and EU authorities believe that “close ties, including financial ones, with the Wagner PMC” and Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. So, in the fall of 2020, the EU announced that it supports the work of Wagner PMC mercenaries in Libya. Because of this, the United States and the European Union included Prigozhin in the sanctions lists.

Prigozhin himself denied involvement in the Wagner PMC and said that he was surprised even by the fact of its existence.

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