An unusual article from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab tracks down statutes erected as tributes to Russian mercenary soldiers in Syria and Ukraine.  It reports that on February 22nd images of a statue dedicated “to Russian volunteers” in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine appeared on a Russian social media platform. This monument appeared to be an exact copy of a statue erected outside of Palmyra in Syria as early as January 2018.  Furthermore, both statues had a military insignia similar to the “Wagner Cross” of the infamous Russian Wagner Group mercenaries (Группа Вагнера).

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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