In Syria since the summer of 2018, is a private military company “VEGA”, which trains proasadovskih fighters. As reported on the website of a group of investigative Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), a company established in Ukraine, in the investigation it is called the Russian-Ukrainian
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In Syria since the summer of 2018, is a private military company “VEGA”, which trains proasadovskih fighters. As reported on the website of a group of investigative Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), a company established in Ukraine, in the investigation it is called the Russian-Ukrainian.
The staff of PMCs “VEGA” train the Palestinians in the group “Liwa al-Quds”, which cooperates with the Russian military. In this regard, the investigators suggest that “VEGA” is working in Syria, “at least with the knowledge of the Russian command”.
– In Syria began to fight the new Russian PMCs, soldiers that paid more than “vagnerova”
In Syria VEGA came in the summer of 2018 while the representative of the company said “Federal news Agency” (FAN), which is associated with the “chef Putin,” Yevgeny Prigozhin that the company was involved in the protection of the Syrian International exhibition of industrial goods. In CIT also noted that at the beginning of the year, former correspondent of ANNA News Oleh Blokhin published photos working in Syria military instructors with St. George ribbons and stripes as the flag of Russia, and then they are the same – with stripes of a private military company Vega Strategic Services Ltd.
According to CIT, the training of fighters of “Liwa al-Quds” was attended by one of the founders of the “VEGA” Ukrainian Anatoly Smolin. As a native of the city he points out the Ukrainian Nikolaev as a place of study – naval school imeni M. V. Frunze. As online resume Smolin, he served in various units of the Navy and the KGB of the USSR, and then in the operational departments of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine in officer positions in the unit “Berkut”, the division of fast reaction “Falcon”, the office for combating organized crime and Department for combating banditry OCD.
In 1997 Smolin left the service and started the business. In 2004 he became the lead security Agency “Alfa Shield” protection Agency “Mail”. As March 2019 on the entrepreneur in the Ukrainian Registrar of companies registered two legal entities. The foreigner, written in the registry as “Alarcon Bruno Desire” and “Alarcon Bruno Desse” he owns the limited liability partnership “Agency BEZPEKA “alpha Shield”, and fully controls the limited liability company “VEGA the Strategic Servces”, the name of which coincides with the Cyprus name “VEGA”.
In 2012 Anatoly Smolin began to look on the forums of Russian-speaking business partner in other countries: Cyprus, Malta, UAE, Oman, Sri Lanka. According to the authors of the investigation, he said that “tired lazy and optional partners in Ukraine, is interested in future collaboration and the expansion of the scope of work of the company abroad.”
Meanwhile, journalists believe that Smolin was part of a group that was engaged in training “Liwa al-Quds” in Syria. A person like him can be seen on the photos that were posted on Twitter of the researcher of the Russian defense policy from king’s College London Robert E. Lee. Smolin himself declined to comment.
“VEGA” was created in 2011 in Ukraine Nikolaev, a year later the company moved to Cyprus and have registered the name – Vegacy Strategic Services Ltd (before it was called Vega Strategic Services Ltd). The company provided services for the protection of individuals and companies in areas associated with high risk, and guarded the ships. According to CIT, the company operates in Ukraine, Russia, the UK, Germany and Thailand. In Russia the company has offices in Moscow and Irkutsk.
Co-founder of the “VEGA” together with Smolin was another Ukrainian – Dmitry Jinikashvili from Odessa, who also posted a summary indicating Vegacy Strategic Services Ltd. as a place of work in 2013-2014. According to another summary, Jinikashvili worked in the “VEGA” and earlier in 2012 as an instructor of special tactical training and recruitment Manager.
In 2013, he went to work in the “Slavic corps” (Slavonic Corps Ltd.) where was “security of VIP clients, oil and gas facilities in Syria.” That Jinikashvili was no later than 2014 in Syria, shows a photo of the citadel of Palmyra, laid them on his page “Vkontakte”. In 2016, Jinikashvili began working as an operator, head of security and chief medical officer at the Agency ANNA News, and in 2017 left it. In ANNA News until at least spring of 2017 worked Oleg Blokhin, who publishes photographs of the employees of “VEGA”.
Another person involved in the creation of “VEGA”, the founder of another PMC Omega Consulting Group Andrey Kebkal, in 2012, ceased to participate in joint projects. He explained the creation of the “VEGA” “the desire to provide in the international market, the first Ukrainian PMC”. He said that “VEGA” is now moved to Russia and works in Syria, and Smolin works in the Russian chop Legat.
CIT calls “Legat” Russian branch “VEGA”, which has offices in Moscow and Irkutsk. On the company’s website States that it “is not engaged in mercenary activities and does not participate in the fighting on the side of foreign countries.”