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Wagner Group starts to have problems with funding – UK Defence Intelligence

Sunday, 13 August 2023, 09:56
Wagner Group starts to have problems with funding – UK Defence Intelligence

The Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) is trying to save money on salaries for its mercenaries because of financial pressure, UK Defence Intelligence reports.

Source: UK Defence Intelligence on Sunday, 13 August, as reported by European Pravda

Quote: "The Wagner Group is likely moving towards a down-sizing and reconfiguration process, largely to save on staff salary expenses at a time of financial pressure," the review said.

The UK Ministry of Defence notes that after the unsuccessful rebellion in June 2023, the Russian state has acted against other business concerns of the Wagner PMC owner Yevgeny Prigozhin. There is a real possibility that the Kremlin is no longer funding the group, intelligence officials say.

"If the Russian state no longer pays Wagner, the second most plausible paymasters are the Belarusian authorities," the intelligence review concludes.

However, such costs are a potentially undesirable drain on modest Belarusian resources.

Earlier: The UK Ministry of Defence believes that the Wagner Group militants arrived in Belarus mostly without their heavy equipment, and they might have handed it over to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

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