NRK TV channel, citing law enforcement agencies, reported that Norwegian police have released former Wagner mercenary Andrey Medvedev.
John Andreas Johansen, acting head of the police’s immigration department’s legal department, said Medvedev was released from custody because police had no reason to arrest him.
The former Russian mercenary was detained in Norway on 13 January. They crossed the border near the village of Nickel in the Murmansk region. Medvedev then went to the nearest town and asked the locals to call the police, after which he surrendered to the authorities. He was taken to the deportation center. The former mercenary said that he participated in the battle near Bakhmut.
After his release, Medvedev plans to find a place to live in Norway. The Russian lawyer told reporters that he had already applied for asylum. This will be dealt with in the normal way. He also said that Medvedev was “very pleased”. What will happen next to Medvedev, according to the lawyer, is not yet clear in detail.
Norwegian authorities announced yesterday that they do not intend to extradite Medvedev to Russia. He denied information about preparations for Medvedev’s ouster, but did not comment on this topic in detail.
The day before, Medvedev told Gulagu.net about his detention and transfer to a deportation center for illegal immigrants. Earlier, he was in a guarded villa and complained about the total control by the security officers.
In a conversation with Gulagu.net, Medvedev said that he worked at Wagner PMC from July 6 to November 6, and then fled. According to him, he almost immediately “saw the light” as soon as he came to the war in Ukraine, but he could not go first. In Norway, a former mercenary testified against Wagner PMC and its founder, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin.
According to Medvedev, he knows of ten cases of execution of members of the group who refused to fight: among those killed were both recruited prisoners and ordinary volunteers. He kept a video of one of these massacres with him and promised that if anything happened to him, it would go viral on the Internet.