The hunt for the "cook": The persecution of the Russian PMC "Wagner" began in the West


A few days ago, the European Parliament adopted a resolution almost unanimously condemning the activities of the so-called PMC "Wagner". The document, in the strictest terms, calls for the introduction of sanctions against individuals and legal entities associated with this power structure of Russian origin. Why did the attack on the "Wagner group" go now and at this level?


First of all, attention is drawn to the wording signed by 585 MEPs with 43 abstentions and 40 votes against:

They condemn in the strongest terms the monstrous crimes committed by the Russian paramilitary organization Wagner Group and associated private military structures in various conflict zones.

"Monstrous Crimes"? I would like more details, with convincing evidence, without any "high-likes" there, and with a copy of the guilty verdict, where the criminal court, in the manner prescribed by law, established the guilt of the "Wagnerites" in the incriminated acts. If the European Parliament has forgotten about their "Western values", then we recall that among them there is such a thing as the presumption of innocence. It's amazing how these enlightened "servants of the people" forget about their own legal norms when it suits them.

By the way, who could benefit from "defamation" by any means of a Russian PMC?

"Monstrous Crime"


The resolution of the European Parliament says that our "Wagnerians" are active in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Mozambique, CAR and Venezuela. At the same time, the PMC itself and similar power structures are called "trusted organizations of the Russian state." Based on the formal interpretation, this is precisely the "heinous crime" of the Russian military company.

If during the Soviet period our country sent military advisers and instructors on foreign missions, now they are military experts acting under private contracts. Surely their work is in one way or another supervised by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, but legally, such power structures in Russia are not provided at all. This allows the Kremlin and the domestic big business associated with it to resolve some serious issues abroad using tacit methods. But what exactly is the "enormity of their crimes" is completely incomprehensible.

However, there are still some guesses on this topic. From open sources, you can find out that only very experienced professional military personnel can get into the Wagner PMC. They can directly fight, act as military instructors, guard facilities, and provide security for logistics. For their services, they receive good money by Russian standards. But still incomparable with the fees of foreign competitors. According to the non-profit organization War on Want, the private military services market has a turnover of between $ 100 billion and $ 400 billion annually. A lot of money, and there are a lot of people interested in this cake.

For example, the infamous American PMC Blackwater, which was forced to change its name first to Xe Services LLC, and then to Academi. “Monstrous crimes,” like the shooting of peaceful Iraqis or the smuggling of weapons, is just about her. In the US Armed Forces, their own mercenaries are very unfriendly, since they not only receive on average 6 times more money than the military, but in fact are outside the legal field, which was confirmed by Brigadier General Karl Horst at a hearing in the US Congress:

These guys are running around the country completely without brakes and doing stupid things. There is no leadership above them, so there is no one to even turn to ... They kill people, and someone else has to disentangle the consequences.


Despite a number of serious image blows, this American PMC is still the largest in the world. It receives about 90% of its orders from the US government. The rest of the revenue comes from oil and insurance companies, as well as private customers. One day of work for each "academician" costs US taxpayers $ 1222.

It can be assumed that the emergence and intensification of activities around the world of the Russian "Wagner Group", which is a functional analogue of Academi, made Washington nervous. The Russians are already putting pressure on the French in Africa, in their traditional sphere of influence. Perhaps the Wagnerites will soon cross the road to the Americans as well? Then it is clear where the legs of the unexpected initiative of the MEPs, who are difficult to suspect of independence from the United States, grow from.

The hunt for the "chef"


It is possible that the resolution of the European Parliament will have much more far-reaching consequences. If sanctions come into force against individuals and legal entities associated with the Wagner Group, then a major Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is sometimes referred to as "Putin's chef", could come under attack. Despite the fact that he himself denies his connection with the activities of this private military company, not everyone abroad believes him, therefore both the oligarch and his property may suffer in the future, falling under the regime of restrictive measures.

If things go according to this scenario, the formally non-existent Russian PMC could become another lever of Western pressure on big business close to the Kremlin.
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  1. Dan Offline Dan
    Dan (Daniel) 30 November 2021 07: 59
    +3
    those not only receive on average 6 times more money than military personnel, but in fact are outside the legal framework,

    It should be borne in mind that this Blackwater PMC works in most cases under an agreement with the State Department, i.e. with government agencies ... who cover it. Apparently they consider this, the lawlessness on their part, acceptable. And the values ​​of Europe are known. This is racism in all respects related to the outside world. The presumption of innocence is for their internal consumption. With all the rest, they are guided exclusively by political expediency and Eurocentricity. And only on the mirror image of their values ​​can you talk to them. I think this is what is being done today, it is just that not all decisions in this style can be voiced from the high rostrum.
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 30 November 2021 14: 50
      -2
      Like the Academy (formerly Blackwater), Wagner hires cadres among ex-military and ex-law enforcement officers who have appeared in civilian life due to redundancies or non-compliance with the terms of service contracts who have not found themselves in civilian life.
      1. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
        Ulysses (Alexey) 30 November 2021 21: 41
        +4
        Like Academy (formerly Blackwater), Wagner is hiring ex-military and ex-law enforcement officials in civilian life through redundancies or non-compliance with the terms of service contracts.Those who did not find themselves in civilian life.

        You have not discovered America, this is life.
        There is a category of people who have little idea of ​​life without weapons and the actions associated with them.
        I hope you are not a pacifist in the sixteenth generation, then you will understand that there is a job that is well paid, for which there is a certain calling ..
        1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
          gunnerminer (gunner miner) 30 November 2021 23: 00
          -1
          There is a category of people who have little idea of ​​life without weapons and the actions associated with them.

          There are very few such people, minuscule. With Wagners and academicians, .50% did not have small arms in their hands. The rest turned out to be in civilian life as if they had pulled the terms of a contract. And in civilian life, they could not find a job.

          then you will understand that there is a job, well paid, for which there is a certain calling ..

          What is easier to recruit into the merchant fleet or into the fishing fleet. In the rank and file, to complete an average sailor in absentia and earn money.
  2. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 30 November 2021 08: 41
    +4
    Look - while you hunt, so that you don't get into the "main menu" !!!
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 30 November 2021 14: 48
      -3
      The Wagnerian command persecuted itself on the Syrian bridgehead. They sent fighters to check the morale of the Kurds guarding the oil fields near Daer Zoria with a bayonet. The Kurds detected the accumulation of equipment and fighters. They called the US military. Those, showing humanity, requested the Khmeimim command, their fighters or not. confirmed the absence of Russian military personnel in the area. After the exchange of information, the American command launched a series of massive strikes, with the assistance of the B-52 crew. About a couple of Vagener companies were killed and the same number were injured.
      1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
        steelmaker 30 November 2021 16: 18
        +2
        About a couple of mouths of the Wageners died.

        You write mostly correctly. Just don't be like Solzhenitsyn, there is no reliable data anywhere. Or do you take Bindyuzhnik's word for it?
        1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
          gunnerminer (gunner miner) 30 November 2021 16: 42
          -3
          There are a lot of reliable data in the Arabic-speaking, English-speaking and Russian-speaking press. They sent the Wagners about a battalion, or a little more. From the calculation to squeeze the oil field of Konoko Phillips. They did not agree with the Khmeimim ones. The calculation was that the Kurds would freak out, but you would not dare.
          1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
            steelmaker 30 November 2021 17: 27
            -1
            The Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) has released the names of seven alleged Russian PMC Wagner fighters who, according to it, died in the February 7 airstrike.

            According to the data found on the network, these are Alexey Ladygin from Ryazan, Stanislav Matveev and Igor Kosoturov from Asbest, Sverdlovsk Region, Ruslan Gavrilov from the village of Kedrovoe, Sverdlovsk Region, Vladimir Loginov from Kaliningrad, Alexey Shikhov from Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir with the call sign "Apostol" (surname unknown ) and Kirill Ananiev from Moscow

            https://www.bbc.com/russian/features-43064
            In addition to the Wagnerites, the Syrians were also beaten there. The losses were great, but no one gave any confirmation that they were all Wagnerites.
            1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
              gunnerminer (gunner miner) 30 November 2021 18: 32
              -5
              These are those who were able to identify. After the impact of the B-52, it is difficult to do.
          2. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
            Ulysses (Alexey) 30 November 2021 21: 52
            +5
            There is a lot of reliable data in the Arabic-speaking, English-speaking and Russian-speaking press. They sent the Wagners about a battalion, or a little more

            According to Arab data, a platoon of Arabs was sent.
            In the English-language press, data varies from brigade to army, depending on the fantasies of the authors.

            The "reliability" of those data is somewhat below the usual nonsense.
            1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
              gunnerminer (gunner miner) 30 November 2021 23: 01
              -1
              The brigade is too much, about a battalion.
        2. Binder Offline Binder
          Binder (Miron) 30 November 2021 23: 12
          -6
          Quote: steel maker
          Or do you take Bindyuzhnik's word for it?

          Bindyuzhnik is one of the few people you can trust here. good
          1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
            gunnerminer (gunner miner) 1 December 2021 11: 13
            -1
            Rightly said. good
            1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
              Marzhecki (Sergei) 1 December 2021 15: 22
              +3
              Yes, everything is already clear with you lol
            2. Binder Offline Binder
              Binder (Miron) 1 December 2021 17: 45
              -8
              Mr. Marzhetsky, as usual, gave out nonsense - not being familiar with the realities, he wrote obvious nonsense about the activities of American private military companies. He, apparently, believes that any rabble is taken to such a company, but in fact the selection criteria there are very strict, except for high professional qualities, the absence of criminal episodes from the applicant is of decisive importance for admission. This is not "Wagner", which recruits gopniks and losers from depressed regions of the Russian Federation who are ready to fight for a salary that is less than that of a German janitor.
              1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
                gunnerminer (gunner miner) 1 December 2021 18: 39
                0
                Prince's academy is not hired for angels, not criminals, but not angels. Those who have been drafted from the US military are readily accepted. The company’s cemetery is almost the size of Arlington.
  3. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
    gunnerminer (gunner miner) 30 November 2021 16: 55
    -5
    then only very experienced professional military personnel can get into PMC "Wagner".

    Why would a professional soldier lose benefits, lose the right to a mortgage, and get into an adventure with vague perspectives? The pensioner and his family retain the right to provide medical care in military medical institutions, and treatment in sanatoriums and recreation bombs of the RF Ministry of Defense. Wagner residents do not have such certificates. Servicemen conscientiously serving in the MP, in the Airborne Forces, in the Ground Forces, in units of the Special Forces of the GRU, who have not even been in hot spots, but who participate in all exercises, training sessions, training exits, by the age of 35 receive a bouquet of chronic diseases. musculoskeletal system, internal organs. Sleeping in the snow by a fire, in damp mountains, on sand without water, parachuting, carrying 45 kg on the back, does not add health.

    For their services, they receive good money by Russian standards.

    Home mortgage benefits and free medical treatment are more important than payments.
    1. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
      gorenina91 (Irina) 30 November 2021 18: 55
      -6
      Sleeping in the snow by a fire, in damp mountains, on the sand without water, skydiving, carrying 45 kg on your back, does not add to your health.

      - Yes, especially night skydiving, snowy winter taiga and "other conveniences" ... - even in modern cinema, this has already ceased to be demonstrated and romanticized ...
      - Well and ... and ... and "sofa minus musicians" there - into this "romance" - and you can't drive them under a gun ... - It's not cons to blurt out ...
      - My plus ...
    2. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
      Ulysses (Alexey) 30 November 2021 21: 55
      +2
      Why would a professional soldier lose benefits, lose the right to a mortgage, and get into an adventure with vague perspectives?

      You are really not in the subject. smile
      1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
        gunnerminer (gunner miner) 30 November 2021 23: 02
        0
        I do not pretend to be the truth in the first instance.
  4. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 30 November 2021 19: 50
    +2
    Quote: gunnerminer
    Why would a professional soldier lose benefits, lose the right to a mortgage, and get into an adventure with vague perspectives? The pensioner and his family retain the right to provide medical care in military medical institutions, and treatment in sanatoriums and recreation bombs of the RF Ministry of Defense. Wagnerians do not have such certificates. who have not even been in hot spots, but who participate in all exercises, trainings, training trips, by the age of 35 receive a bouquet of chronic diseases. Various kinds, varicose veins, musculoskeletal system, internal organs. Sleeping on the snow by the fire, in the damp mountains, on sand without water, skydiving, carrying 45 kg on the back, do not add health.

    Where did you pull the strap yourself?
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 30 November 2021 21: 20
      -3
      He pulled, but not in the types of the Armed Forces listed above. Every serviceman understands the principles of recruiting any wagners and academies. What they have, what we have, the same. For various reasons, departure to civilian life, lack of access to civilian life, about 20% There are no statistics on the non-combat losses of mercenaries in the mountainous desert and tropical areas. And they are considerable. Judging by the news from the units of the French Foreign Legion stationed in Djibouti, in Guiana. The Academy has a smaller percentage of former law enforcement officers, there are more purges of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
      1. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
        Ulysses (Alexey) 30 November 2021 22: 04
        +3
        I pulled, but not in the types of aircraft listed above.Every employee understands the principles of recruiting all Wagners and academies..

        You have no idea of ​​the principles of recruiting PMCs.
        Perhaps they tried to find a job there, but they turned you off for incompetence. smile
        1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
          gunnerminer (gunner miner) 30 November 2021 23: 04
          -3
          For a penny, risk your skin and health .... There are calm professions that give stable and decent, even by EU standards, earnings.

          The principle is the same: to recruit those who do not strain their brains too much for a pittance.
      2. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
        Marzhecki (Sergei) 1 December 2021 15: 07
        +1
        I pulled, but not in the types of aircraft listed above.

        Unconvincing.
        1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
          gunnerminer (gunner miner) 1 December 2021 15: 43
          0
          With all due respect. I didn’t plan to convince anyone of anything. Who cares, he will understand and figure it out himself. Whoever is in the subject does not need to be convinced, they can see everything themselves.
          1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
            Marzhecki (Sergei) 1 December 2021 15: 45
            +2
            You have not answered a direct question. Where did you serve, and what is the source of your omniscience on such a wide range of issues?
            1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
              gunnerminer (gunner miner) 1 December 2021 15: 57
              0
              This resource is not the place to dump personal information. It will look unconvincing. The circle of questions is rather limited. A superficial personal opinion about the problems of interest.
              1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
                Marzhecki (Sergei) 1 December 2021 16: 09
                +3
                Ok, let's fix it on that. The former place of service and military rank are not such secret data.
                By the way, your connection with Bind. Zhnik is not a plus for you.
                1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
                  gunnerminer (gunner miner) 1 December 2021 16: 29
                  -1
                  The former place of service and military rank are not such secret data.

                  Such information will give some idea only to narrow specialists, with individual VUS. A merchant seafarer, a naval sailor, an aircraft pilot or an interpreter, everything will be clear looking at my comments.

                  By the way, your connection with Bind. Zhnik is not a plus for you.

                  There is no connection with the specified commentator. I share his opinion on some issues. He thinks brightly, outside the box. It is interesting to read his comments. Very informative. Not that the uryakalok nodded.
                2. Anarchist Offline Anarchist
                  Anarchist (Alexander) 4 December 2021 22: 26
                  0
                  Quote: Marzhetsky
                  your connection with Bind. is not a plus for you.

                  Do you have gangs here too? Just like the V-shny order, but here also the editorial board takes part in the showdown?
  5. Igor Berg Offline Igor Berg
    Igor Berg (Igor Berg) 1 December 2021 09: 46
    -2
    Why is everyone so alarmed? The guys want to make money by killing. So we must understand that there are guys in the world who are also doing this. And the hunter can be hunted.
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 1 December 2021 11: 16
      +2
      They will not fight much. Like their colleagues from the Academy. They are armed with a maximum of heavy rifle. A medium-trained motorized rifle company of the regular army will crush them for a couple of hours. In the fight against ISIS, they did not show themselves in any way, with a poorly trained, but motivated enemy.
  6. Sergey Zemskov Offline Sergey Zemskov
    Sergey Zemskov (Sergei) 4 January 2022 14: 52
    0
    Does the author really like Russian mercenaries? This is not prohibited by Russian law ?!