The ex-mercenary of wagner group who fled from Russia to Norway last January has assured that fighters from the Russian private military company beheaded the Ukrainian soldier after identifying the voices in the video showing the execution and whose authenticity is being investigated.
“He former Wagner fighter Andrei Medvedev, who fled to Norway, recognized the voices of his colleagues on a video recording,” said the founder of the organization Gulagu.net, Vladimir Osechkin, on his Telegram channel, where he posted a snippet of his speech on the Khodorkovsky Live program.
According to this human rights activist, who lives in exile, the former mercenary “unequivocally identifies his colleagues there, Wagner’s fighters by their characteristic nicknames, by the way they speak, by what they express on the radio” during the beheading of the Ukrainian soldier.
Osechkin announced a reward of 3,000 euros for information about the people who appear in the video.
The founder of Gulagu.net contacted Medvedev to analyze the video, as he supported him in his flight from Russia to Norway after the ex-combatant turned to him in December 2022 to ask for help to avoid extrajudicial reprisals after leave the front
Osechkin recalled that It is not the first time that an execution of this type has occurred, since in 2017 there were videos of Wagner fighters beating a prisoner in Syria with a sledgehammer and then dismembering the body, dousing it with gasoline and burning it.
The day before, Wagner’s boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin denied that his units, which are currently fighting in Bakhmut, in the eastern Donetsk region, are linked to the beheading of the soldier.
“I saw that video. It is wrong when people are beheaded, but I did not find anywhere that this takes place in Bakhmut or that Wagner’s fighters participate in this execution,” Prigozhin said in an audio posted on his Telegram account. .
The Kremlin for its part called to verify this video that is circulating on social networks. “To begin with, you have to check the veracity of the images,” said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, in his daily press conference, in which he admitted that the images are “terrible”.