Wagner Group of mercenaries

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Russian President Vladimir recently congratulated the Wagner mercenary group and the national army on their claimed capture of the east Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.

About Wagner Group:

  • What is it? The Wagner Group also known as PMC Wagner is a Russian paramilitary organization.
  • Origin: The group is believed to have been founded in 2014 by a Russian veteran of the Chechen war who so admired Hitler he named the group after Richard Wagner, the führer's favorite composer.
  • The skull is the symbol of the Wagner Group.
  • The organization first came to the world's attention in 2014, fighting alongside Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
  • The organization has also been active across Africa in recent years — Libya, Sudan, Mozambique, Mali and the Central African Republic.
  • Today there are thought to be some 10,000 Wagner Group members.
  • The U.S. government has called Wagner a "proxy force" of Russia's defense ministry.

What does the term ‘führer’ mean?

  • Führer, also spelled Fuehrer means leader.
  • It is a title used by Adolf Hitler to define his role of absolute authority.
  • As early as July 1921 he had declared the Führerprinzip (“leader principle”) to be the law of the Nazi Party.


Q1) What is a Paramilitary organization?

A paramilitary organization (also listed as quasi military) is a semi-militarized force whose organizational structure, tactics, training, subculture, and (often) function are similar to those of a professional military, but is not formally part of a country's armed forces.

Source: Putin congratulates Wagner, Russia army on capturing Bakhmut