Putin Boosts Private Military Groups Outlawed in Russia

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Source: Bloomberg

President Vladimir Putin said private military contractors have a right to “push their business interests in any corner of the planet” as long as they act within Russian law. The problem is, mercenaries are illegal under Russian law.

The president’s endorsement of mercenaries came in response to a question at his annual press conference Thursday about the Wagner group, a shadowy military contractor said to be controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, who’s known as “Putin’s Cook” because one of his companies provides food services to the Kremlin. While Russian law bans mercenaries, private security companies are allowed to operate.

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