March 28, 2023

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The Wagner group: a group of criminals who became Putin’s shield in Ukraine

  • Elizaveta Fosh, Olga Ivshina and Ksenia Shurmanova
  • BBC Russian

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President Putin awarded state honors to Wagner PMC war veteran Igom Kasparian

For years, businessman Yevkin Prigozhin’s personal army, the ‘Wagner Group’, stayed out of the limelight. Russia’s top leadership has consistently denied its existence.

But during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it began to play an increasingly important role in the war.

Some of its fighters who have served prison terms have been awarded Russia’s top medals.

On the last day of 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the southern part of the country and honored soldiers and officers who fought in Ukraine with the country’s best medals.