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A former Russian commander of the mercenary Wagner Group has deserted his post in Ukraine to seek asylum in Norway. 

Andrey Medvedev fled into Norway last week and was subsequently arrested and detained by border guards. 

He allegedly defected from the Wagner Group on 6 July and has been on the run since, although a video he posted to social media claims he fled in November and spent two months underground in Russia. 

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Norwegian police told Agence France-Presse they had been alerted by Russian border guards to boot marks in the snow which indicated someone had crossed the border illegally.

Mr Medvedev was then detained by Norwegian border guards. 

He is currently being held in Oslo at a “safe place”, the BBC has reported, and is facing charges of entering Norway illegally. 

His lawyer Brynjulf Risnes said the 26-year-old ex-soldier fled after witnessing war crimes being carried out in Ukraine. 

Mr Medvedev has indicated he is willing to assist authorities investigating war crimes in exchange for asylum in Norway. 

He has also told Russian human rights group Gulagu that he wanted to disclose everything he knew about the mercenary outfit which employed him, including the founder Yevgeny Prigozhin. 

In response, Mr Prigozhin – a billionaire boasting a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin – has laughed off Mr Medvedev’s threats.

He issued a scathing press release alleging Mr Medvedev was a “dangerous” Norwegian citizen who had mistreated prisoners during his time with the Wagner Group. 

The ex-soldier was a unit commander in Ukraine and was in charge of up to 10 soldiers.

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