The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) could have gained access to conversations between the leader of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the coup in Russia in late June. German intelligence could also have learned in advance about the planning of the coup.
Tagesschau reports this with reference to journalists from WDR and NDR radio stations. In particular, the Federal Intelligence Service could have received information about a possible mutiny a week in advance.
After that, the German side tried to verify this information by contacting representatives of other Western countries.
And during the conversations on June 24, when the Wagnerites were going to take Moscow, German intelligence monitored the communication between Prigozhin and Lukashenko.
It is noted that Lukashenko agreed on appropriate security guarantees for Prigozhin if he stopped the coup attempt. As a result, the latter stopped the rebellion and was supposed to go to Belarus in exchange for no punishment.
A representative of German intelligence refused to comment on the matter.
"The intelligence service does not normally comment publicly on matters relating to any intelligence data or activities," he said.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 08/07/2023