Russian businessman acknowledges founding Wagner paramilitary organization

(MENAFN) Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman, acknowledged forming Wagner Group on Monday.

Wagner's past was revealed by Prigozhin in a message on the Russian social network VK that was posted by the Concord Management and Consulting press office.

He claims that while attempting to coordinate opposition to the Ukrainian military in Crimea in 2014, he saw several con artists who "were hiring volunteers and then sent them naked and barefoot to certain death."

Prigozhin declared that after observing the chaos, he made the decision to take control of the situation and sought out experts who assisted him in placing orders for guns and other military hardware. He also mentioned, "from that moment, on May 1, 2014, a group of patriots appeared which later was named PMC Wagner."

Prigozhin criticized reporters and other inquisitive individuals for "trying to find negatives" in Wagner's actions and that many attempted to link to the organization crimes it did not commit.


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