Wagner Group to be branded terrorists as Britain to be granted new powers to seize Russian assets

Britain has been tipped to brand the barbaric Wagner Group as terrorists and grant itself new powers in order to be able to seize their assets.

The Wagner Group, a proxy military force of Vladimir Putin’s Russia operating across the globe, is to be proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Wagner Group is a Russian Private Military Company which has acted as a proxy military force on behalf of the Russian state.

Proscription of the group comes after consideration of the nature and scale of the organisation’s activities as well as the threat they pose to British nationals abroad.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, chief of Russian private mercenary group Wagner, gives an address in camouflage and with a weapon in his hands in a desert area at an unknown location

Former Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed following a plane crash in Russia, along with nine other passengers


Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy has also called for Wagner to be treated as a terrorist organisation.

Wagner Group remains a violent and destructive organisation, whose destabilising activities help advance Russia’s political goals.

Wagner has operated in a series of countries including most notably Ukraine, Syria, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Libya, Mozambique and Mali.

A draft proscription order is being laid against Wagner Group in Parliament on Wednesday, 6 September.


The Wagner Group in UkraineThe Wagner Group’s boss Yevgeny Prigozhin previously admitted that Ukraine’s counter-attack has been successfulReuters

The order will mean that, once passed, it is illegal to be a member of or support the Wagner Group.

Wagner’s assets can also be categorised as terrorist property and seized.

Certain proscription offences can be punishable by up to 14 years in jail.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: “Wagner is a violent and destructive organisation which has acted as a military tool of Vladimir Putin’s Russia overseas.

“While Putin’s regime decides what to do with the monster it created, Wagner’s continuing destabilising activities only continue to serve the Kremlin’s political goals.

“They are terrorists, plain and simple – and this proscription order makes that clear in UK law.

“Wagner has been involved in looting, torture and barbarous murders.

“Its operations in Ukraine, the Middle East and Africa are a threat to global security.

“That is why we are proscribing this terrorist organisation and continuing to aid Ukraine wherever we can in its fight against Russia.”

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