Evgeny Nuzin was a former member of the Wagner group who ‘switched’ sides – Wagner founder Evgeny Prigozin denies any involvement in the death of the ‘traitor’
The head of the Russian mercenary group Wagner today denied any involvement in the brutal execution of a former member of the group who had defected.
In September, 55-year-old Evgeny Nuzin said he had switched sides in the war.
After being attacked on November 11 in Kyiv – while walking down a street – he woke up in a cellar, where he began to describe to a camera how he went to the front as a member of Wagner, after being drafted in August.
He added that he now intended to switch sides and “fight against the Russians”, but was captured by the Ukrainians.
An unknown man is then seen attacking Nuzin with a sledgehammer, knocking him to the ground and eventually killing him.
Russian TG channels have published a video allegedly showing Wagner mercenary Yevgeny Nuzhin being executed with a sledgehammer.
Recruited when he was serving a 25y sentence, he surrendered & in an interview said he was ready to fight on Ukraine’s sidehttps://t.co/ZH49IiNWD8
— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) November 13, 2022
The case began with the release of the video in question, which was posted on social media by accounts associated with Wagner.
Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin denies any involvement in death of ‘traitor’
In an initial message published on Sunday, Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Kremlin-linked businessman, said Nuzhin had “betrayed his people and their comrades”, adding that the video should be titled : “Death a dog deserves.”
But in a new statement today, Prigozhin denied any involvement of Wagner in the execution, stating that the American secret services were responsible for it.
“This is part of the tactics of US intelligence services, which kidnap people, including Russian citizens, all over the world,” he commented, calling on Russian prosecutors to open an investigation into the case.
“Wagner workers are distinguished by their exceptional discipline and strict respect for international norms and rules of conduct that are universally accepted,” added the 61-year-old Prigozhin.
Russian Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova said the video of the “execution of a former Wagner member” with a sledgehammer was being checked by investigative authorities.
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