On July 29, the Belarusian KGB and OMON special police forces arrested 32 Russians residing at a countryside resort, Belorusochka, just outside of Minsk. The Belarusian authorities have accused the Russians of being members of the notorious private military company (Chastnaya Voennaya Companiya – ChVK) Wagner Group, which has reportedly been deploying fighters and organizing combat operations in eastern Ukraine as well as Syria, Libya, Sudan and other African or Middle Eastern hot spots. Belarusian law enforcement also separately arrested another alleged Wagner privateer, who was living with his family in Belarus, thus bringing the total number to date to 33. The government published a list of the names and photos of the Russian passports of the detained men (RBC, July 30).
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