The notorious Russian paramilitary group Wagner opens a center in Serbia – it is headed by the person declared “non grata” in Kosovo
The paramilitary group Wagner, whose leader is Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman and close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, announced on the Telegram channel that it has opened its cultural and information center for friendship and cooperation “Orly (Eagles)” in Serbia.”
“We look forward to inform you about our new residence ‘PMC Wagner Center – Russian-Serbian Cultural and Informational Centre of Friendship and Cooperation ANO Orly’. The ideologue and leader of the center is Aleksandar Lisov,” they say on the Telegram platform.
They recall that in 2017 “the authorities of Pristina included Lisov in the list of persons banned from entering the territory of Kosovo because of his charitable activities.”
The mission of the Center is public diplomacy, the purpose of which is to strengthen and develop friendly relations between Russia and Serbia.”
“The Eagles, as a branch of the PMC Wagner Center, deal with the information reports of Russian liberals who have fled to Serbia and are trying to carry out anti-Russian activities with the aim of discrediting Russia and worsening relations between the Russians and Serbs people,” the announcement says.
Among other things, they allegedly joined collaborators from Serbia and Russia in erecting a monument to the Russian prince Aleksandar Nevsky in the center of Belgrade.
Ivana Stradner, a research fellow at the American Foundation for the Defense of Democracy and an expert on hybrid warfare, Russian propaganda, and disinformation, recalled on Twitter that she had warned about this kind of cooperation between Russia and Serbia several months ago.
“A few months ago I announced the cooperation between Russia and Serbia in the field of information security and people told me I was paranoid! The cooperation between the Wagner Center and Serbia is taking place. What part of this message does the West not understand?” wrote Stradner on Twitter.
Representatives of the aforementioned Russian-Serbian “cultural center” have already sent severe threats to regime critics in Moscow, writes Sarajevo’s Patria news agency.
“We know all about you, you are right about one thing – justice is inevitable. And this justice will be decided by us,” is just one of several threats to Russian anti-war activist Petar Nikitin./Telegrafi/