The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov has proposed to create a legislative framework to protect the rights of Russians working for private military companies (PMCs) in other countries. He stated this during a press conference at the end of 2017.
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The diplomat recalled that the practice of creation of private military companies is common in many States, particularly in the US, where there is a PMC Academi, better known under its former name of Blackwater. The company gained fame during the war in Iraq.
“I think here we need to clearly define the legislative framework to ensure that these people (citizens of Russia — approx. ) was also in the legal field and protected”, — quotes the head of Russian diplomacy RIA Novosti.
Lavrov in this regard, asked about Grigory Turcanu and Roman Zabolotnyi, who in September was a prisoner of the banned terrorist organization “Islamic state”. According to him, now the location of the Russians is unknown.
According to Conflict Intelligence Team, Turcanu and Zabolotny, presumably, were mercenaries and worked in the “Private military company Wagner.” This company is involved in the fighting in the Donbass and Syria, the most frequently mentioned in the press. It is believed that it is led by Lieutenant Colonel Dmitri Utkin, who served in the special forces units of the Russian military intelligence.
In Russia, mercenary is a criminal offence. It implies the participation of a mercenary in an armed conflict and the recruitment, training and financing.