Responding to a question from the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the Russian businessman replied: “There are not many Finnish citizens at Wagner PMC, about 20 people. For obvious reasons, I cannot provide details. ‘accurate information about them’.
“I have a very good opinion of the Finns on the battlefield. They fight in a British battalion (part of Wagner) which is commanded by an American citizen, a former general in the Marine Corps,” added Mr. Prigojine quoted by the press service of his company Concord.
Yevgeny Prigojine, who was nicknamed “Putin’s cook” because of his catering group’s contracts with the Kremlin, has the reputation of having become a billionaire thanks to the public contracts he obtained. It is subject to sanctions from the European Union and the United States.
In September, he revealed for the first time that he had founded Wagner in 2014 to fight in Ukraine and acknowledged the presence of the organization of mercenaries in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
For years Wagner has been suspected of playing a role in furthering the Kremlin’s ambitions, including in Ukraine where fighters from the paramilitary group were on the front line during the offensive launched in February.
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