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Outside conventional armed forces, there are international companies which sell military skills - in much the same way as a corporation might sell its services in the field of oil exploration, civil engineering, etc. Nowadays these are often referred to as PMCs (Private Military Companies). Examples include Executive Outcomes (active in Africa during the 1990s, but now closed down), the UK-based Sandline International (Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone), and the US Military Professionals Resource Incorporated (MPRI).



Such companies consist largely of ex-armed forces staff, providing military advice, training, support and materiel to customers who include oil and mineral companies, and states who lack the military capabilities themselves to deal with rebel forces. These type of organisations dislike being labelled 'mercenaries', with all the negative connotations the word carries, but their operations fall squarely into the area that most civilians would think of as the realm of the mercenary. They are, on the whole, keen to point out that they have strict rules about who they will and will not work for, and always operate under the control of a client country's legitimate government.


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Outside conventional armed forces, there are international companies which sell military skills - in much the same way as a corporation might sell its services in the field of oil exploration, civil engineering, etc. Nowadays these are often referred to as PMCs (Private Military Companies). Examples include Executive Outcomes (active in Africa during the 1990s, but now closed down), the UK-based Sandline International (Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone), and the US Military Professionals Resource Incorporated (MPRI).

Such companies consist largely of ex-armed forces staff, providing military advice, training, support and materiel to customers who include oil and mineral companies, and states who lack the military capabilities themselves to deal with rebel forces. These type of organisations dislike being labelled 'mercenaries', with all the negative connotations the word carries, but their operations fall squarely into the area that most civilians would think of as the realm of the mercenary. They are, on the whole, keen to point out that they have strict rules about who they will and will not work for, and always operate under the control of a client country's legitimate government.

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The first series of Norwegian political thriller Occupied came dangerously close to creating a diplomatic situation, telling the story of a fictional near future in which Russia invaded Norway in an effort to restore its oil and gas reserves. That didn't sit well with the Kremlin, and the Russian ambassador ... Russian government
One page details a debate within the group over the formation of a private military company (PMC) - akin to the company Blackwater - within ISIS, suggesting the group "use them for operations that [ISIS] doesn't want to acknowledge". However, it also fears that it could "provide an incentive for people ... Raqqa

Officials and observers also point out the presence of a "shadow army" of Russian mercenaries in Syria, including those working for a private military company called Wagner. military expert Felgenhauer last year estimated the number of mercenaries at 2,000 to 3,000. Moscow in March acknowledged ... ships
Today few believe Russia is leaving the war-torn country anytime soon. MercenariesOfficials and observers also point out the presence of a "shadow army" of Russian Mercenaries in Syria, including those working for a private military company called Wagner. military expert Felgenhauer last year ...
Earlier this month, DOSAAF's deputy head, Nikolay Staskov, "indirectly confirmed" both that it has the capacity to train private military companies and has ... that there are squabbles among the GRU, the FSB and the air force as to who will become "the curators of this or that private military company ... military

It allows the creation of private military companies in Russia and charges the defense ministry with the task of overseeing and regulating them. It would also allow Russian military contractors to participate in the protection of Russia's national interests in foreign countries by providing various services in ...
The offices of Cambridge Analytica (CA) in central London, after it was announced that Britain's information commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica's computer servers, Tuesday March 20, 2018. Denham said Tuesday that she is using all her legal powers to ... Asia
The group's "capabilities exceed any Western private military company by far", said Mr Mikhailov. Wagner was set up by former Russian military intelligence officer Dmitry Utkin, who was part of the first convoy of Russian mercenaries sent in autumn 2013 to Syria. But their ill-equipped mission, which did not ... Asia
The deaths of several members of the so-called "Wagner Group" in Syria last month shone a light on Russian President Vladimir Putin's mysterious private army Moscow is using there. Questions had already been raised on its role in the Syrian conflict and intensified when Washington said on February 7 it ... Asia
Company filings show that Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has a link to a Chinese security and logistics company run by Erik Prince, the former mercenary who founded private military company Blackwater. British corporate records show that Alexander Nix, the suspended chief ... Asia
The offices of Cambridge Analytica (CA) in central London, after it was announced that Britain's information commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica's computer servers, Tuesday March 20, 2018. Denham said Tuesday that she is using all her legal powers to ... Asia
He has also been linked to a hugely secretive private military company, dubbed Wagner, whose mercenaries fight in Syria and were involved in a direct clash with US troops there in early February. "We don't support him in any way, we are not standing in his way or helping him. That's his personal initiative ... Asia
The special counsel subpoenaed Nader in an effort to obtain information about a January 2017 meeting convened by Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Seychelles, which brought Erik Prince—the founder of Academi, a private military company formerly known as Blackwater, and an ... Asia
In 2016, a number of media reports identified its location outside Molkino farm, some 30 kilometers south of Krasnodar along the M-4 Don highway. znak.com. One of the most prominent Russian private military companies, "Wagner", whose mercenaries got into a spotlight in Crimea, Donbas, and Syria, has ... Asia
A businessman known as “Putin's chef” spoke with top officials in Damascus and Moscow before Russian mercenaries he is believed to control launched a disastrous attack on US and Kurdish forces in Syria, according to US intelligence reports. The news comes just days after the businessman, Yevgeny ... Asia

Russian mercenaries are reported to be in the thick of the fighting in Syria, helping President Bashar al-Assad's forces. One shadowy group in particular, called Wagner PMC (Private Military Company), hit the headlines because of a clash on 7 February that resulted in dozens of Russian casualties. The toll ... Asia
Shabayev: The [Russian] government. They are in government hospitals. I'd like to stress that for the United States, private military companies are not state structures, since we ourselves [i.e., the Russian state] do not recognize them. So they [the United States] had no obligation to warn [Russia] about their ... Asia
Prigozhin is also tied to the conception and funding of a semi-private military company called “Wagner” known to have operated both in Ukraine and Syria under Dmitry Utkin, a man notorious for his “adherence to the aesthetics and ideology of the Third Reich.” Wagner Private Military Company is said to be ... Asia
Background: Private military companies are conceptually different than private security companies hired for defensive asset and VIP protection and training ... Following the footsteps of the infamous South African private military company of the 1990s, Executive Outcomes, in their campaigns in Sierra Leone ... Asia
Combat was not Ruslan Gavrilov's primary motivation in signing up to go to Syria with a shadowy private military company. But the 34-year-old Russian also ... Virtually nonexistent in Russia a decade ago, private military companies have grown in strength and prominence. In 2012, two years before the ... Asia
Russia Seeks to Regulate Private Military Contractors. A senior lawmaker says the Russian parliament is working on a bill to regulate private military companies, a statement that comes amid reports about an unknown number of Russian military contractors killed in a U.S. strike in Syria. Feb. 14, 2018, at ... Asia
MOSCOW, February 14. /TASS/. Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Defense and former Commander of the Airborne-Landing Force Vladimir Shamanov has argued in favor of government regulation for private military companies (PMC) and confirmed that a relevant State Duma committee is gearing up for ... Asia
As UNIAN reported earlier, the SBU Security Service of Ukraine has video evidence proving participation of the Russian Private Military Company called ... in Brussels a report on crimes committed by Russia's private military companies (PMCs) in Donbas and Syria to the European Parliament in Brussels. Asia
Its no secret that Russian-run private military companies are conducting operations in Syria and it is widely understood that they act as a proxy for Russia's actual security forces in the country, though the exact relationship between the Kremlin and these organizations is unclear. There have also been ... Asia
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation, and Navy's (DOSAAF) deputy head Nikolay Staskov told Sputnik that the Russian Defense Ministry had chosen the organization as an ideal platform for training possible future private military companies (PMC). Asia
He's been indicted in the US for meddling in the 2016 presidential election with an army of trolls and his private military company has trodden battlefields in Ukraine and Syria. Still, the Russian multimillionaire dubbed "Putin's chef" runs yet another asset that is valuable to the Kremlin: a sprawling Russian ... Asia
In Russia, anger is growing among relatives of the dead and survivors, and supporters of private military companies like Vagner, which is believed to have sent hundreds of contract soldiers to Syria. The company is financed by a wealthy St. Petersburg businessman, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is known for ... Asia
The source said that the recorded phone calls were made by personnel from CHVK Wagner, a Russian private military company. The incident in question occurred on the night of February 7-8, when Syrian government forces—backed by Russian mercenaries employed by CHVK Wagner—attempted to ... Asia
However, in fact, there are no "terrorists" in Donbas - there are Russia's regular troops, paramilitary groups, and Russian private military companies. And they have been fighting against Ukraine forces applying common military tactics. That is, it's not ATO that's ongoing in Donbas, it's a military operation. Asia
MOSCOW -- We are learning more about who was likely behind an attack earlier this month on a rebel base in northern Syria, where American forces were embedded with the fighters. The Russian mercenaries who carried out the siege -- which was repelled by U.S. airstrikes -- were reportedly working for ... Asia
US intelligence has said it believes Mr Prigozhin controls the Wagner private military company, and the reports suggest he closely coordinated the group's ... It told The Telegraph that the Kremlin has come to rely on this illegal private military company to keep official casualty numbers low during its ... Asia
However, Pogodin spoke on another important issue in the context of the operation in Syria — service in private military companies (PMCs). The media has repeatedly reported on activities of such organizations in Syria, while officially nothing is reported. One of the most famous is the PMC Wagner. Asia
Prigozhin is also tied to the conception and funding of a semi-private military company called “Wagner” known to have operated both in Ukraine and Syria under Dmitry Utkin, a man notorious for his “adherence to the aesthetics and ideology of the Third Reich.” Wagner Private Military Company is said to be ... Asia
In particular, the article said that the Russians were recruited for service in private military company Wagner. PMC Wagner became known this year after reports of the killings of its fighters in Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at a press conference in Moscow after the talks with his ... Asia
Dozens of Russian mercenaries killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria last week were part of a secret Kremlin-backed private military company, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials. The dead fighters worked for the Wagner company, part of Moscow's use of hybrid warfare—covert military and influence ... Asia
Background: Private military companies are conceptually different than private security companies hired for defensive asset and VIP protection and training ... Following the protocols of the infamous South African private military company of the 1990s, Executive Outcomes, in their campaigns in Sierra Leone ... Asia
Citing intelligence sources, the representative of Donetsk, Eduard Basurin, has stated that British instructors have arrived in the Donbass, at the locations of the Ukrainian Forces. “In the area of 93rd separate mechanized brigade in the vicinity of the city of Volnovaha, a group of foreign instructors has ... Asia
Stanislav Matveev left his home in the Ural Mountains in September to join a Russian private military company. ... The Ministry of Defense and the Kremlin do not officially associate with the private military companies, but media reports and researchers say they have pieced together enough evidence to ... Asia
Combat was not Ruslan Gavrilov's primary motivation in signing up to go to Syria with a shadowy private military company. But the 34-year-old Russian also ... Virtually nonexistent in Russia a decade ago, private military companies have grown in strength and prominence. In 2012, two years before the ... Asia
Gavrilova's son Ruslan was one of seven men in this village of 2,300 who are believed to have joined a private military company called Wagner. The company reportedly was involved in an attack on U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria on Feb. 7 and suffered devastating losses in a U.S. counterstrike. Asia
photo - A view of Kremlin' Grand Kremlin Palace, center, Towers, Churches A view of Kremlin' Grand Kremlin Palace, center, Towers, Churches and frozen Moskva (Moscow) river in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The Russian parliament is working on a bill to regulate private military ... Asia
Nanaimo Coun. Gord Fuller's social media posts questioning whether retired resident John Dacombe is linked to a U.S. private military company are “outrageous,” the city's mayor said Tuesday. Fuller also sent an email asking about the well-being of the marriage of Dacombe and Wanda Thompson. Asia
Officially, private military companies are illegal in Russia. Putin himself voiced support for them before, in April 2012, Putin suggested the need for “an instrument in the pursuit of national interests without the direct participation of the state,” continuing, “I believe that it should be considered, thought over.”. Asia
A senior lawmaker says the Russian parliament is working on a bill to regulate private military companies, a statement that comes amid reports about an unknown number of Russian military contractors killed in a U.S. strike in Syria. Feb. 14, 2018, at 6:43 a.m.. Russia Needs Law on Private Contractors, Lawmaker Says. Asia
MOSCOW, February 14. /TASS/. Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Defense and former Commander of the Airborne-Landing Force Vladimir Shamanov has argued in favor of government regulation for private military companies (PMC) and confirmed that a relevant State Duma committee is ... Asia
A Turkish citizen has been arrested in Israel for aiding the Palestinian militant group Hamas alongside a private military company linked to President Erdogan. Kamil Takli, a former law lecturer, was detained in last month on suspicion of helping Hamas members previously convicted of involvement in ... Asia
Supreme leader then accused Washington of creating ISIS and asserted that the murderous terrorist organization probably received training from American private military companies. Ayatollah Khamenei made the comments in a meeting on Thursday with the commanders and personnel of Iran's Air Force ... Asia
As UNIAN reported earlier, the SBU Security Service of Ukraine has video evidence proving participation of the Russian Private Military Company called ... in Brussels a report on crimes committed by Russia's private military companies (PMCs) in Donbas and Syria to the European Parliament in Brussels. Asia



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