Its employees and fighters communicate frequently with senior Russian officials, including those in the security services and the ministry of defense. “It’s multi-faceted, there are troll farms, there is the Wagner Group, there are shell companies, there are movie productions. “The Wagner Group has recruited, trained and sent private military operatives to conflict zones around the world to fuel violence, loot natural resources and intimidate civilians in violation of international law,” he said. | Arman Soldin/AFP, via Getty ImagesWagner employees also deal directly with senior Russian officials from across the government. And we fear what Russia does if they enter that vacuum.”Wagner gains in CARRussian mercenaries from the Wagner Group stand in Bangui, Central African Republic, on May 1, 2019.