The former commander of one of the mercenary units of the "Wagner" PMC fled abroad for the first time since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

Andriy Medvedev took part in the battles near Bakhmut and was the commander of the former prisoner Yevgeny Nuzhin, who was probably killed by the Wagnerites with a sledgehammer after returning from Ukrainian captivity. 

Volodymyr Osechkin, the founder of the human rights foundation "", announced this by publishing the corresponding video.

According to him, the former "Wagner resident" crossed the border of Russia with Norway in the area of ​​the village of Nickel in the Murmansk region on the ice of the lake.

In one of the border towns, he knocked on the best house and asked the residents to call the police.

Under guard, Medvedev was taken from the local airport to Oslo, where he was placed in a center for violators of migration legislation.

Here he asked for political asylum, promising to testify against the founder of the PMC "Wagner" Evgeny Prigozhin.

In the published video, it is said that Andrii Medvedev, a resident of the Tomsk region, signed a contract with the "Wagner" PMC in July 2022.

He was sent to the Luhansk region and appointed to the position of commander of the 1st department of the 4th platoon of the 7th assault detachment of mercenaries.

Among his subordinates was ex-prisoner Yevhen Nuzhin, who was probably killed by the "Wagnerians" with a sledgehammer after returning from Ukrainian captivity.

In mid-December, Andrii Medvedev defected and published a video about the fighters of the "Vagner" PMC abusing each other.

After that, it seems, he was pursued by the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 

We will remind, earlier the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Vadym Denysenko, commented on the demonstrative brutal execution by the Wagnerites of a former member of this formation.

In the video, the ex-convict was smashed in the head with a sledgehammer.

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