An integrated approach to countering Russian PMCs

Lithuania’s Seimas recognizes PMC Wagner as terrorist organization


This actually seems to be quite a nice trend, given the fact that, say, the United States hasn’t yet made the move.


But in this positive progress there is also a nuance that many fail to notice.


Yesterday, in an interview with FOX News, I pretty much surprised a journalist by telling her that in addition to PMC Wagner, there are other PMCs in Russia, such as Redut, Patriot, and some others that are fighting in Ukraine without being mentioned in mass media.


That is, the West sees the existing rather superficially.


Meanwhile, in Russia, almost every monopoly or corporation is building up its own PMC.  Be it Gazprom or Rosneft – almost all of such giants are now creating their own paramilitary units, formally to protect their interests abroad.


At a maximum, each of these PMCs could add to the combat potential of the invading force, which will be or is already being employed in Ukraine.  Therefore, the issue of designating a Russian PMC as a terrorist organization should be approached comprehensively, which isn’t the case today.


Russian PMCs should – and must – be thoroughly studied by security and intelligence agencies of the countries who see that Russian mercenaries operate in the zones of their national interests.  They should also bear in mind that they can as well be targeted by these very mercenaries. Only pre-emptive strikes would be effective in this case.

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