A court in Norway has sentenced a former contractor of the Wagner Group, the private Russian military company known for brutal tactics, to 14 days in jail for disorderly conduct and for carrying an air gun in a public place.
Keep readinglist of 4 items
Officers detained Medvedev outside a pub in the Norwegian capital following a February bar brawl.
He admitted resisting arrest and spitting when he was put in handcuffs but denied kicking the officers, the lawyer said after his client appeared in court Tuesday.
“It is very good that he was acquitted for what was the most serious [allegation],” Risnes told the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet following Thursday’s verdict.
Medvedev also pleaded guilty to carrying an air gun when he went to a pub in downtown Oslo in March.
He fled to Norway earlier this year, crossing over the country’s 198-kilometre (123-mile) border with Russia, and has said he would fear for his life if he were sent back.
Medvedev said he agreed to join the Wagner Group from July to November 2022 but left after his contract was extended without his consent.
He said he was willing to testify about any possible war crimes he witnessed, though he denied participating in any himself.
Earlier, he reportedly told Russian dissident group Gulagu.net that he was ready to tell everything he knew about the Wagner Group and its owner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a millionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Soldiers working for the shady private contractor are fighting on the front lines in Ukraine and also have fought in Mali.