Wagner set to lose Properties
The Russian mercenary Wagner Group is set to be added to the terrorist organization list by the British government, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.
A draft order due to be tabled before parliament will allow Wagner’s assets to be categorized as terrorist property and seized, the ministry said in a statement.
It will be illegal to be a member or support the organization, punishable by up to 14 years in jail.
Britain’s interior minister Suella Braverman described the Wagner Group as “violent and destructive”, adding it “acted as a military tool of Vladimir Putin’s Russia overseas”.
Across Ukraine, the Middle East, and Africa, Wagner has been involved in looting, torture, and “barbarous murders”, the statement said, calling it a threat to global security.
“They are terrorists, plain and simple – and this prescription order makes that clear in UK law,” she said.
The order is expected to come into force on Sept. 13, after which it would be a criminal offense to belong to or promote the group, arrange or address its meetings, and carry its logo in public.
The Wagner mercenary group has operated in Syria, Libya, and a number of countries across northern and western Africa.
It recruited thousands of convicts from Russian prisons to fight in Ukraine, providing the main assault force for Russia’s 2022-2023 winter offensive there.
In June this year, the group launched a brief mutiny in Russia, condemned as treason by President Vladimir Putin, and on Aug. 23 its boss Yevgeny Prigozhin and top lieutenants were killed in a plane crash.
Britain sanctioned Prigozhin in 2020, the Wagner Group as a whole in March 2022, and in July this year sanctioned individuals and businesses with links to the group in the Central African Republic, Mali, and Sudan.
Lawmakers on parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee in July urged more targeted sanctions on what it said was a “web of entities” beneath the Wagner Group.
This is extremely great news since the terrorist funding web will ultimately be dismantled not only in Europe but in Africa and the Middle East as well. Russia has largely failed in its conflict which was supposed to last for 3 days. The US and European countries have supplied weapons to Kyiv to kick out the terrorists with the latest weapon being the cluster bomb shells which the Ukranian forces are effectively using against the enemy. Ukraine is currently awaiting the ultimate firepower -The F16 TO FINISH THE JOB.