Russian Mercenary Defects from Wagner Group, Becomes First to Flee to the West

Medvedev, a 26-year-old russian mercenary, was involved in an attempted defection from the wagner group. medvedev had decided to desert the private military company and become the first of their troops to defect to the west. the attempted defection took place in late 2020, when medvedev attempted to cross the ukrainian border. he was stopped and detained by ukrainian border guards, who discovered his ties to the wagner group. medvedev had decided to defect in order to seek asylum in the west, as he had grown disillusioned with the wagner group’s activities. he had hoped to be able to leave the group and start a new life in a foreign country, free from the control of the wagner group.

By Evey Lovelace

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