Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Putin actually photographed with the so-called “PMC Wagner.” Earlier users of the Internet found a picture in one of social networks. Media reported that the soldiers of a private military company to fight in Syria, but the official announcement was not.
photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
As informs television channel “Rain”, press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that privately in a social network a photograph could be made in the Kremlin on 9 December 2016 during a reception in honor of the Heroes of the Fatherland Day.
Peskov added that this particular picture was most likely made on the sidelines. Thus a press-the Secretary has underlined, that Putin is not separately communicated with the heads of the PMC.
“On the sidelines of the reception, the President took many pictures with the guests. Apparently, this is one of these images. Private communication with anyone was not”,— quotes the channel of Dmitry Peskov.
A screenshot of the page: vk.com/soldiers_of_fortune
In turn, the Agency “Fontanka” reported that the picture appeared in the social network “Vkontakte” in group “Soldiers of fortune” on the morning of January 13. In the picture next to the President of Russia on information provided by the Agency are Dmitri Utkin, who is called the commander of the “PMC Wagner”, as well as the police Colonel in resignation Andrew Torches. The names of the three men is not known.
Also, the report says that the breast of the two gentlemen standing to the left, including identified as Utkin, four orders of Courage, men on the right (including trosheva) — Gold stars of Heroes of Russia.
Recall that in August on the portal RBC published the investigation in which it was reported that “PMC Wagner” can oversee GRU of Russia and the fighters of private military companies perform important tasks in Syria. Official confirmation of this information was not.