Swedish opposition calls for Wagner to be classed as terror group

TT/The Local
TT/The Local - [email protected]
Swedish opposition calls for Wagner to be classed as terror group
Visitors wearing military camouflage stand at the entrance of the 'PMC Wagner Centre', associated with the founder of the Wagner private military group (PMC) Yevgeny Prigozhin. Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP

Sweden's former defence minister has called for Sweden to push for the Russian mercenary group Wagner to be classed as a terror organisation during its presidency of the EU.


Peter Hultqvist said that the group, which Russia has used extensively in its invasion of Ukraine, has time and again shown that it had "no respect at all for human rights, international laws, or UN rules.

"Russia uses the Wagner group to do things that they, themselves, do not want to be held responsible for," he said. "With a terror classification, it would be simpler to prosecute members and would make recruiting more difficult." 


The US in January decided to class Wagner as a criminal organisation and it is believed to be considering a terror classification. 

The issue of a terror classification has also been raised in the European Union but so far no decision has been taken. 

"I think that this is an issue Sweden should take responsibility for and push forward during its EU presidency," Hultqvist said. 

He said a terror classification would make it easier to follow Wagner's financial operations and also put pressure on countries which use the group. 

Hultqvist said he aimed to raise the issue with his successor as defence minister Pål Jonson. 


Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also