With the Wagner group no longer in the spotlight, Vladimir Putin, known for serial human rights abuses, has turned to a new mercenary force. According to a recent report from British intelligence services a refuge for the former Wagner Group
Redut has been engaged in combat in various Ukrainian areas, including Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kiev, and Luhansk, since the start of the Russian invasion in 2022. According to HLN, the 70-year-old oligarch Gennady Timchenko founded Redut in 2008. He previously worked as an agent for Russian state security. Timchenko is also known for being a close associate of Vladimir Putin. Initially, the militia’s primary objective was to safeguard Timchenko’s gas business empire. According to information from British intelligence agencies, the group boasts a membership exceeding 7,000 individuals.
By extending Redut, the Kremlin aims to deter any potential remobilization. Numerous Russians chose to relocate overseas in the past to avoid jeopardizing their lives in Ukraine.
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