For years, Russian mercenary Marat Kapidul was killed in the service of the worst Wagner group in war zones in Syria and Ukraine. But the bloody war operations on behalf of Russia’s powerful for Wagner, the private army and defense company, made him think. As the first fighter in the shadow army of the Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin, he revealed in the book “Wagner”. Putin’s secret army “(Akon Verlock), how firmly Russia’s support for Syrian ruler Bashar al – Assad or separatists in eastern Ukraine is evident. The book goes on sale on Thursday.
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“The salvation of the regime of Bashar al-Assad helped Russia to establish itself as a protector and savior of all kinds of criminals,” Capitolin wrote. Wagner’s mercenaries are also involved in Sudan, Mali and Libya. Putin said in February: “As far as Wagner is concerned, I have already said that the Russian government has nothing to do with this.” Such companies pursued business interests. “They negotiate there, the local rulers call them at the state level and thank them for the work they have done,” he notes in Mali.
“It makes it possible for the dead to disappear”
On the other hand, French filmmakers Ksenia Bolchakova and Alexandra Jousset have produced a documentary entitled “Wagner, Putin’s Shadow Army”, which demonstrates the group’s close ties with the Kremlin. You also interviewed Marat Gabidullin and provided a lot of background information with his book. In many places, Wagner travels exclusively in the service of the Kremlin. “By sending mercenaries, the government saves on the pension rights and salaries of regular soldiers. It also makes it possible for the dead to disappear. “
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The leaders of the organization, which shows a portrait of German composer Richard Wagner in its campaign videos, are Russian businessman Yevgeny Prikoshin and Lt. Col. Dmitry Utkin. As a sign of his admiration for music, Utkin wears the war name “Wagner”. After his career at the Russian military intelligence service GRU, he is said to have established a rapid reaction force in the name of his war from Special Forces soldiers since 2014.
Spies, mafia bosses, former evils
“Dmitry Utkin’s best admirer of the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler,” writes Bolsakova and Juset. But Prikogin is a direct associate of the Kremlin. Like Putin, the 62-year-old wanted by the United States is from St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad). “The pure product of the underworld of ex-convicts, security fighters, spies, intelligence officers, mafia bosses and ex-convicts who have become one of Russia’s most powerful men.” Putin, who once worked in the city administration of St. Petersburg, was frequently entertained at his restaurant by Prikogin – which is why he is nicknamed “Putin’s cook”.
Today, Wagner is said to have operated a total of 5,000 fighter jets. Capitol, the contract killer who received up to 3,000 euros a month, was one of them until 2019. In his book on the atrocities of war, which is often like a statement from the front, he complains about bad weapons, errors in conducting wars, and sometimes the most brutal behavior of the utterly brutal Wagner population.
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Criticism of the Ukraine War
Capitol justifies himself Go public And he belongs to Putin War in Ukraine Sees as an error. He did not want to fight against a fraternal nation. But readers should not expect regret. Capitoline uses the book to justify herself. He called for official recognition of private militia (PMC) militants.
The Russian military has largely adorned itself with mercenary victories, for example, in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria. Capitolin claims that these are worthy of a place in the history books: “It will take much more time to prove that this new system in Russia is not a harassment of outsiders and rowdies, but an organization of real professionals. War. “(SDA)
“Wannabe pop culture fanatic. Zombie advocate. Entrepreneur. Internet evangelist. Alcohol fanatic. Typical travel buff.”