Russia Is Not A Shy Empire To Be Ashamed Of Its Interests

Russia Is Not A Shy Empire To Be Ashamed Of Its Interests

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Liberal circles and those close to them, the media prettier: the BBC revealed the actions of PMC Wagner in Libya! Only revealed it somehow strange – again from the raids of “highley like” and with refuted details. But in any case, why shouldn’t a Russian PMC fight in Libya? What is there to be ashamed of?

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By Alexander Tsyganov

The story, as they say, is blood-curdling. This British government information concern, known for its purely selective lack of ownership, allegedly had a tablet at its disposal. Which – attention, our beloved “highley like” has gone! – “could (!) Belong” to one of the militants of the notorious PMC Wagner. And in it, in a tablet, “military maps of war zones” with notes in Russian were found. And besides this, a leaflet with an application for … military equipment was handed over to the BBC!

Since when have ordinary militants order military equipment? Or are commanders losing such documents?

But this is again – a question in the air. It is important, according to the BBC and liberal media, that

most of the marks are concentrated around the southern outskirts of Tripoli Ain Zara, where the PMC was spotted in February – May 2020.

Well, there was no doubt that a kick on the burgundy wall of the Kremlin would follow. A humble remark follows:

Russian authorities have repeatedly denied involvement in the conflict in Libya.

And what has changed, even if it’s not “highley like” again? This is a private military company, isn’t it? What does the Russian authorities have to do with it? Last year’s incident with an attempt by the Ukrainian special services to lure Wagner’s fighters through Belarus clearly showed that this group includes really private individuals, albeit with combat experience. Including work for the state – but these are the days of the past. Moreover, the investigation of the whole story showed that they were collected on that provocative business trip not with the help of the state, but from the pine forest, through personal connections, through the past military comradeship.

Well, so what about that tablet – be it at least a plan of Washington with the White House marked on it with a cross?

What’s with that tablet

So this was, it turns out, a “joint investigation” of the BBC’s Arab and Russian services. It already sounds like an information provocation, but okay. Basically, they “got access” to a Samsung tablet, on which they found “several documents.”

Further, “highlighted like” poured in a stream: “presumably”, “probably”, “possibly”. Presumably the tablet belonged to the “mercenaries” of the Wagner private military company (PMC), probably one of them retreating, possibly fighting on the side of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Well, then the BBC gets access to files on the tablet and slowly begins to turn gray for the poor Libyan Government of National Accord. There, it turns out – and the warring mercenaries, I suppose, usually neglect passwords and secrets – there were dozens of files. With instructions, for example, on the installation of anti-personnel mines. Usually, professional military personnel, who have gone through a dozen conflicts, are not trained to plant such mines in order for a private military company to start considering his resume. And the manufacture of improvised explosive devices – too. The BBC, I suspect, did not say everything – this tablet should still contain instructions for using the Kalashnikov assault rifle. And a diagram of a nuclear device to the heap.

They also found footage of filming from reconnaissance drones and maps of war zones with notes in Russian. But at the same time

there was no information in the tablet that could indicate the identity of the owner.

I will give you a hint: since the pictures from the UAV and the map, it means that it was the commander. Commanders tend to lose their boards when retreating.

Well, then the BBC is true to itself. Turns out,

journalists noticed red dots on the maps, marked with words similar to the call signs of the fighters. Some of them coincided with the callsigns in the database of the Ukrainian site “Peacemaker”.

Yes, it’s the most authoritative source! The link to it raises the persuasiveness of the information to infinity!

So what?

For order, here we can recall the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin that even if in Libya

and there are Russian citizens, they do not represent the interests of the Russian state and do not receive money from the Russian state.

And then close the topic. But we will close it a little more slowly.

Let’s just agree that everything told by the BBC is true. That the map shown in the publication was not forged, although it clearly bears traces of editing, and the positions of the units of the PNS and Khalifa Haftar are stupidly confused. That under the call sign “Broom” from the same list of “Peacemaker” there really was a 36-year-old builder Fyodor Metelkin from the North Caucasus who, although he claims that he never participated in battles in other countries, the BBC has the right to him do not believe.

Let’s just agree with everything. And we ask: so what?

Yes, a certain private military company is registered in Libya. Yes, she is from Russia, although in fact, she has no nationality. Yes, her fighters can be called mercenaries, although they are not. The classic mercenary has a sole status, so to speak. He himself is hired to serve. And private military companies are just business structures. In which they work – correctly, employees. You could say, managers. Effective battlefield managers.

In the late Middle Ages, these were called “condottiere”. And they then differed little from the “soldiers” who were also, in a sense, mercenaries. “Soldier” – from “soldo”, from the gold coin, which he was paid for his service.

So are all mercenaries?

In a pure sense, yes. Anyone who receives a salary for military service.

But with PMC Wagner, the problem is different. The concept of “mercenary” here is purely psychological, in order to evoke a persistent negative connotation. Why call? Then, in the course of informational influence, to bind this negative connotation to the Kremlin. Are the Wagnerians Russians? In! And Putin is Russian. This means that Putin is hiring Wagner’s mercenaries to carry out all sorts of black deeds.

But we will also ask packs: so what? And in fact, why shouldn’t there be a Russian PMC in Libya? Tea, no worse than British limes or American pindas … uh, Americans who have sown half the world with their PMCs. And if the same Kremlin denies the use of Wagner for its own purposes, then both the British and American governments calmly and brazenly send mercenaries under state contracts to fight instead of army soldiers. And a lot of the same “academics” and “clean-ups” in Afghanistan or Iraq went to bed, making convoys guiding along difficult roads or defending “green zones” from insurgent attacks.

And no one there is ashamed of it.

And then what kind of a Shy Empire we are, which for some reason should be ashamed of this?

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ALEXANDER TSYGANOV is a Russian political analyst and Columnist of the TV Channel “Tsargrad”.


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