Wagner Affiliated Elements Joined Russia’s National Guard

Sudan Events – Sumaya Sayed

Large elements of Wagner private military company (PMC) have been assimilated into Russia’s National Guard which allows Moscow to exercise more direct control over the group’s activities and personnel, a UK intelligence update reported on Sunday.

“As of late October 2023, large elements of the Wagner Group private military company had likely been assimilated into the command structure of Russia’s National Guard (Rosgvardiya) and resumed active recruitment,” the UK intelligence report said.

Earlier in October, Washington-based think tank Institute of Study of War (ISW) posited that Pavel Prigozhin has emerged as an alternative leader for the mercenary group to Andrey Troshev, former Wagner commander who now serves in the ministry of defence and is endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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