المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

To serve Russian regional interests in Libya | Russia’s “Wagner” continues turning Syrians into mercenaries, offering financial incentives and exploiting deteriorating living conditions in Syria

As the Turkish government continues to recruit mercenaries of its loyal factions and prepare to send them to Libya, Russia’s security firm “Wagner” continues to recruit Syrians and turn them into mercenaries to send them to Libya in order to protect its regional interests there.

According to Syrian Observatory sources, the Russians are exploiting the disastrous living conditions of the Syrian people in various Syrian provinces in regime-held areas, in light of lack of jobs and the poor economic conditions and their repercussions, including the high prices of all necessities of life and the difficulty of securing them. The company offers monthly salaries of $2,000, equivalent to about 6 million Syrian pounds, which is a monthly income that is impossible to earn from a job in Syria.

SOHR sources in al-Sweida have said that the destitution forces young men and men to accept such a job and go to Libya in return for this monthly salary. Russia is also recruiting Syrian fighters inside Syria for its benefit for a monthly salary of 175,000 Syrian pounds, and the response of young men and men when accepting this job is always that “if we could find a job or a work that would guarantee us a decent life, we would not be mercenaries.”

On January 23, SOHR sources reported that the Russian “Wagner Company” continued to recruit Syrians and send them as mercenaries to protect its regional interests in Libya. Young men and men from Al-Sweida province and several Syrian provinces were recently recruited and sent to Libya, as Russia exploits the disastrous living conditions in Syria, taking advantage of the pressing need of young men and men to work and secure the necessities of their daily life.

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