The mysterious Russian Wagner group first officially appeared on Friday, when it opened its first office in St. Petersburg, in Russia.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of this paramilitary group, accused of being involved in several conflicts from Ukraine to Mali to Libya, announced the opening of his office in St. Petersburg in occasion of the “Day of Russian National Unity”.
“The mission of the Wagner Center is to provide a comfortable environment for the generation of new ideas in order to improve Russia’s defense capability,” said Prigozhin. in a note.
Prigozhin, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, recently revealed that he founded this top group secret several years ago and to have deployed its fighters in Ukraine and in the countries of Latin America and Africa.
His official office in St. Petersburg is a huge multi-storey building with facades in glass and a large white sign with the word “Wagner” is placed on it.
And the journalists who participated in the inauguration of the building were able to see the members of the “Wagner” group, in a rare event in to which this militia has always been reserved. The members, dressed in camouflage uniforms, wandered the corridors of the building.
Wagner’s official office also includes a room where a group of drones were exhibited.
Westerners suspect that the Wagner group has been carrying out the Kremlin’s secret actions for years in various operational areas, which Moscow has always denied.
But Prigozhin, a businessman close to the Kremlin, admitted in late September that he founded Wagner in 2014, calling him a “pillar” for the defense of Russian interests.
The presence of Prigozhin in Ukraine dates back to 2014, when it was reported that his men had been spotted alongside pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.
Wagner’s mercenaries were not present at the start of the last Russian military operation in Ukraine in February 2022, but now, according to experts, they have become essential helpers of the Russian army.
The Wagner mercenaries, whose presence was documented eight years ago in Syria in support of the Assad regime e in Libya, are currently also deployed in the Central African Republic and in Mali, where they are regularly accused of abusing civilians.
Wagner headquarters in St. Petersburg
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