Several Serbian civic groups have sued Russian private military company Wagner Group for its attempts to recruit Serb nationals to fight in Ukraine, Serbian human rights lawyer Cedomir Stojkovic told Reuters on Jan. 18.
Besides Wagner Group, the lawsuit targets several individuals, who Stojkovic claims are involved in the recruitment drive.
According to the report, Russian Ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, and Aleksandar Vulin, head of Serbia's state Security and Information Agency, are thought to have been facilitating Wagner’s headhunting.
“We have reasonable suspicion that Vulin ... gave orders, directives and guidelines that the activities of the Wagner Group in Serbia should not be prevented,” said Stojkovic.
While Botsan-Kharchenko enjoys diplomatic immunity and therefore cannot be held responsible in court, he may get expelled from the country.
Wagner mercenaries are becoming increasingly more active in Russia’s efforts to conquer Ukraine, and their ranks include thousands of Russian convicts, who were promised clemency after the war concludes.