Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski on Monday said police and the country’s Internal Security Agency had detained two people suspected of spying and other charges.
The minister said the men were spreading material from the Russian mercenary Wagner Group in Poland’s two largest cities,
“The Internal Security Agency identified and detained two Russians who distributed propaganda materials of the Wagner Group in Krakow and Warsaw,” Kaminski wrote on messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Both were charged with espionage, among other things, and were arrested.”
Polish media last week reported that stickers had appeared with the Wagner logo and inscriptions in English reading “We are here — join us.”
The stickers included QR codes linking to a Russian website about the mercenary group.
Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza said residents in Krakow and Warsaw reported the stickers to the police, but it was not specified if the arrests were linked to the distribution of the stickers.
Poland has recently complained of possible provocations from the Wagner Group, currently based in neighboring Belarus
In light of Wagner’s presence in Belarus, Warsaw has promised to boost troop levels at the border between the two countries to 10,000.
Source: (DW, AFP, Reuters)
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