More Than 100 Brits Are Placed On A Wanted List By Russia, Including Volunteers And Those Who Helped To Supply Ukraine With Aid

More Than 100 Brits Are Placed On A Wanted List By Russia, Including Volunteers And Those Who Helped To Supply Ukraine With Aid

Russia has placed more than 100 Britons – including aid workers, volunteers and a soldier who died in combat – on a wanted list.

The Kremlin’s interior ministry put Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and other high-profile politicians critical of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on its updated list of people it accuses of criminal activity.

They also include 93 people from the UK accused of signing up to fight alongside Ukraine since Russia invaded almost two years ago.

General Gwyn Jenkins, vice chief of the defence staff, is among the most high-profile names on the list.

The Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office declined to comment.

But others include Harley Whitehead and Steven Dickinson, from east Lancashire, who have helped deliver aid to Ukraine.

The list also includes Ben Atkin, from Scotland, who at 18 was the youngest known Briton to join the war.

Another to feature is Simon Lingard, 38, from Preston, who was fatally injured while fighting in the Donetsk region in November 2022.

Estonian premier Ms Kallas appeared on the Russian interior ministry’s wanted list along with Estonian state secretary Taimar Peterkop and a number of other officials.

They were listed in connection with the ‘destruction of monuments to Soviet soldiers’, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

‘Crimes against the memory of the liberators of the world from Nazism and fascism must be punished. And this is just the beginning,’ she added.

Russia has laws criminalising the ‘rehabilitation of Nazis’ that include clauses punishing the desecration of war memorials, and Russia’s Investigative Committee, the country’s top criminal investigation agency, has a dedicated department to deal with alleged ‘falsification of history’ and ‘rehabilitation of Nazism,’ which has ramped up its action since the start of the war, according to Mediazona, an independent Russian news outlet that analysed the wanted list.

Ms Kallas, a staunch critic of Russia and its Ukraine offensive, said the move was unsurprising.

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