Wagner channels say Russian arrested in Finland is top fighter with neo-Nazi background

wagner-channels-say-russian-arrested-in-finland-is-top-fighter-with-neo-nazi-background
Wagner channels say Russian arrested in Finland is top fighter with neo-Nazi background

A top fighter in one of Russia’s Wagner Group mercenaries’ subunits has been detained in Finland at Ukraine’s request, according to social media channels linked to the group. The fighter, identified as Yan Petrovsky, is a founding member and leader of the far-right subunit Rusich, which is affiliated with Wagner. Petrovsky has been under European Union and United States sanctions since last year. He was initially arrested on July 20 for a visa violation and may now face extradition to Ukraine. Petrovsky, a long-time far-right activist, helped establish Rusich as a neo-Nazi unit during the conflict in the Donbas in 2014. It remains unclear how Petrovsky managed to enter Finland while under European Union sanctions.

Wagner, known for its involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and mercenary operations in African nations, has faced sanctions from several Western countries due to alleged atrocities. This week, there were reports that its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and other top figures died in a plane crash. However, the Kremlin has not definitively confirmed these reports.

The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation requested the extension of Petrovsky’s detention in custody, and a district court in Vantaa near Helsinki was expected to grant this request. Petrovsky, who also goes by the name Voislav Torden, is suspected of participating in a terrorist group’s activities and supporting terrorism. Ukraine’s prosecutor general has not yet responded to requests for comment. Rusich published part of what it claimed to be the Ukrainian request for Petrovsky’s arrest on Telegram.

The Russian embassy in Helsinki acknowledged the detention of a Russian citizen in Finland at Ukraine’s request and stated that it was taking steps to provide consular assistance. The situation is being monitored by Russian state news agency RIA.

Reporting by Felix Light in Tbilisi, Pavel Polityuk in Kyiv, and Anne Kauranen in Helsinki; Editing by Mark Trevelyan. Our Standards: The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

About News Team

Hi, I'm Alex Perez, an experienced writer with a focus on lifestyle and culture news. From food and fashion to travel and entertainment, I love exploring the latest trends and sharing my insights with readers. I also have a strong interest in world news and business, and enjoy covering breaking stories and events.

Have a tip we should know? tips@rhd.news

Most Read

  1. News
    Pandora Papers Financial Leak Shows Us the Secrets of the World’s Rich and Powerful
    3 years ago
  2. Health
    US Supreme Court Rejects J & J TALC Cancer Case Appeal
    3 years ago
  3. Lifestyle
    9 Habits that Drain your Daily Focus and How to Avoid Them
    3 years ago
  4. BUSINESS
    Women’s Demand for Shapewear – the big Trends
    3 years ago
  5. BUSINESS
    Valentino Launches its Cosmetics Line
    3 years ago
  6. Health
    US Promises to Share 60 million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccines
    3 years ago
  7. Health
    UK Offers Aid Amid Surging COVID-19 Cases in India
    3 years ago
  8. Sports
    Thousands of fans welcome Charlton funeral cortege at Old Trafford
    8 months ago
  9. News
    Brit left fighting for life after train derails in Argentinia
    8 months ago
  10. BUSINESS
    Dubai faces down airline rivals with $50 bln jet orders
    8 months ago
  11. Sunak
    UK’s Sunak brings back Cameron, sacks Braverman
    8 months ago
  12. Sports
    Man United’s Hojlund, Eriksen withdrawn from Denmark team duty
    8 months ago
  13. Health
    Autumn Sneezing Syndrome is on the rise… here’s what you can do
    8 months ago
  14. Canada
    Canada beat Italy to win Billie Jean King Cup for first time
    8 months ago

Follow @rushhourdaily: