Andrei Medvedev, the former leader of the Russian mercenary group Wagner who recently fled to Norway, has been arrested by police, he told the Guardian on Monday.
Medvedev’s Norwegian lawyer, Brynjolf Resens, said police decided to arrest Medvedev on Sunday night after a “strong disagreement” with the former Wagner soldier over living conditions in the safe house he had been living in since his arrival. Norway.
He was staying on a voluntary basis in the safe house. “If he refuses to be there, they should either let him go or detain him,” Resnis said.
Resnes added that Medvedev is now being transferred to the temporary detention center.
“I’ll try to talk to the police,” said the lawyer, “and we’ll obviously find a solution.”
Medvedev confirmed, in a brief phone call to the Guardian, that he had been arrested, and expressed fears that he would be deported to Russia.
Earlier on Monday, the Norwegian police announced that Medvedev was in custody.
“He has been arrested … and we are considering whether to seek a court decision for the arrest,” Lynn Isaksen of the Norwegian police told Reuters, declining to give further details.
Medvedev, 26 years old I crossed the border into Norway on January 13thwhere he applied for asylum.
Before fleeing, Medvedev said that V.I Ukraine He had witnessed the summary killing of Wagner guerrillas whom their commanders had accused of disobeying orders, sometimes in pairs.
He said he was ready to tell everything he knew about the Wagner Group, its activities and its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin.
Medvedev is the first known soldier from the Wagner Group who fought in it Ukraine to flee abroad.
The United States said last Friday that Wagner, who played a key role in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, would be designated a VIP. “Transnational criminal organization”.