British intelligence claims that the Wagner PMC is trying to save money on staff salaries due to financial pressure.
This is stated in the intelligence review of the British Ministry of Defense.
"The Wagner Group is probably moving towards a process of downsizing and reconfiguration, mainly to save on staff salary costs in a period of financial pressure," the review says.
The British Ministry of Defense notes that after the failed coup in June 2023, the Russian state acted against other business interests of Wagner's owner, Yevgeny Prigozhin. There is a real possibility that the Kremlin is no longer funding the group, British intelligence officials say.
"If the Russian state is no longer paying Wagner, the second most likely payer is the Belarusian authorities," British intelligence concludes.
However, such expenditures are a potentially undesirable drain on modest Belarusian resources.
Author - Olena Madiak, 13/08/2023