Wagner to be declared a terrorist organisation by UK
September 6, 2023 - Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group is set to be declared a terrorist organisation by the UK government – meaning it will be illegal to be a member or support the group.
A draft order to be laid in Parliament will allow its assets to be categorised as terrorist property and seized.
Wagner had played a key role in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as operating in Syria and countries in Africa including Libya and Mali.
Its fighters have been accused of a number crimes including killing and torturing Ukrainian citizens.
The group’s future was thrown into uncertainty earlier this year when its leader Yevgeny Prigozhin led a failed mutiny against Russia’s military leaders.
Prigozhin, who founded the group in 2014, died in a suspicious plane crash along with other Wagner figures on 23 August, the BBC said.