The UK’s Home Office is set to designate the Russian-based Wagner mercenary group as a terrorist organization, prohibiting membership or support for the group within the UK. Wagner has been significantly involved in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine since February 2022 and has taken part in conflicts across Syria, Central African Republic, Sudan, and Libya. The Home Office cites the extensive activities and the danger they pose to British citizens abroad as the reason for this action. Suella Braverman, the home secretary, highlighted Wagner’s direct connection to Russia’s international agendas and their involvement in various heinous activities.
- The Home Office’s draft order, to be introduced in parliament, will label the Wagner mercenary group, known for its activities in multiple countries, as a terrorist organization.
- Wagner’s major participation in the Russian invasion of Ukraine and other global conflicts has underscored its prominence and influence.
- The decision to label Wagner as a terrorist group is based on the potential threat they represent to British citizens abroad and their violent activities.
- Suella Braverman emphasized Wagner’s role as an arm of Russia’s international military endeavors, pointing to their destabilizing activities that align with the Kremlin’s political ambitions.
- Last month, the Wagner group faced a setback when its chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin, died in a plane crash following his attempt to challenge Russia’s military leadership.