Belarus’s KGB security service said the men were members of the Wagner group, a notorious private military firm reportedly controlled by an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin [File: Anadolu]

The Kremlin has asked ex-Soviet ally Belarus to release 33 Russian men detained in Minsk over an alleged plot to organise riots before next month’s presidential elections.

Belarusian security services on Wednesday arrested the group of Russians, saying they were mercenaries on a mission to destabilise the country in the run-up to the August 9 polls.

Belarus’s KGB security service said the men were members of the Wagner group, a notorious private military firm reportedly controlled by an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We hope that in the very near future this

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