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    Norway Detains Former Top Wagner Group Member Seeking Asylum

    Norway Detains Former Top Wagner Group Member Seeking Asylum

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A former high-ranking member of the Russian private contractor Wagner Group seeking asylum in is in custody on suspicion of entering the Scandinavian country illegally, authorities said Monday.

    Russian Andrey Medvedev “has been arrested under the Immigration Act and it is being assessed whether he should be produced for detention,” Jon Andreas Johansen of Norwegian immigration police told The Associated Press. Norway's VG newspaper said detaining him isn't intended as a a punishment, but a security measure.

    Medvedev, who says he fears for his life if he returns to , is believed to have illegally entered Norway after crossing the country's 198 kilometer-long (123-mile) border with Russia earlier this month.

    Vladimir Osechkin of the Russian dissident group Gulagu.net, which helped Medvedev flee Russia, said he had been in protective custody in a safe house and was moved without explanation to a secured immigration facility.

    Medvedev's Norwegian lawyer, Brynjulf Risnes, insisted on broadcaster that his client is not suspected of any offense and that he's unaccustomed to Norway's new, stricter security measures for him.

    “Significant security measures have been introduced. Medvedev has problems adapting to them,” Risnes told NRK.

    In a video posted by Gulagu, Medvedev said he came under Russian gunfire before crossing into the Scandinavian country. Norwegian police…

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