Russian spies detained in Libya linked to Wagner Group, says GNA

The two Russian spies held in Tripoli. [Photo: GNA]
Libyan Volcano of Rage Operation under
the command of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said the detained Russian spies are linked to the mercenary Wagner Group, saying that the Libyan Intelligence sent the files of Maxim Shugaley and Samir Seifan to the Public Prosecution for acts against the state of Libya.

The operation reported the GNA as saying on Sunday that the two spies had entered Libya for military and economic espionage not for the reasons stated on the applications for their visas.

“The operation added that the two Russian spies are working for a firm owned by Wagner Group owner Yevgeny Prigozhin, and they had been sending daily reports to Russian superiors on economic and military situation in Libya.” The statement reads.

“They have even met with the fugitive Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi more than once as they are part of a firm lobbying for Saif Gaddafi for the upcoming elections in Libya.” The statement added.

The statement said that the two Russian spies recruited Libyans to gather intelligence and information and trained them to work in the future on influencing the elections in the country.

“They were tasked to work on securing a military base for Russia in Libya and preventing the US from having one, in addition to controlling Libyan oil and gas industry.” The statement said.

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