OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian police have begun questioning a former commander of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, who recently fled to Norway, about his time in Ukraine, police said on Tuesday.
Andrei Medvedev, who fled to Norway about ten days ago, said he feared for his life after witnessing the killings and mistreatment of Russian prisoners brought to the frontline in Ukraine to fight alongside Wagner.
The Norwegian Police Crime Squad (Kripos), which is part of the international investigation into war crimes in Ukraine led by the International Criminal Court, began questioning him about his experiences in Ukraine.
“Kripos can confirm that Andrei Medvedev was interviewed,” he wrote in a statement emailed to Reuters.
“We do not want to go into the details of what he explained during these interrogations, but we specify that he still has witness status.”
“He has already said he was part of the Wagner group, and it is interesting for Kripos to get more information about this period,” Kripos added, declining to give further details.
Andrei Medvedev’s Norwegian lawyer, Brynjulf Risnes, was not immediately available for comment.
On Monday, Andrei Medvedev was arrested by immigration police due to a “disagreement” over the measures taken to ensure his safety.
(Report Gwladys Fouche in Oslo; French version Lina Golovnya, edited by Kate Entringer)