[ONLINE] - Russia’s Ghost Soldiers and the Crime of Aggression

A part of the Aftershocks: Russia, Ukraine and the New World Order event series
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may constitute a crime of aggression, sometimes called the “supreme international crime” because it unleashes all the horrors of war. If so, many in Russia’s top leadership could potentially face prosecution in international courts. One piece of evidence that could help establish Russia’s culpability is signs that commanders pre-positioned mercenary contingents near—and possibly within—Ukraine in the weeks before February 24. Often referred to as the Wagner Group, these private military and security companies are core to Russia’s military strategy and now play pivotal roles in the current war.

Join us for a conversation about Russia’s so-called ghost soldiers and how, in time, they may help international prosecutors to prove the crime of aggression. Keep up with the conversation on Twitter at the hashtag #WagnerCrimes and by following @NewFrontlines.


Candace Rondeaux
Director, Future Frontlines at New America
Professor of Practice, School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University
Senior Fellow, Center on the Future of War at Arizona State University

Sorcha McLeod
Chairperson and Rapporteur, UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries

Additional speakers to be announced.


Anne-Marie Slaughter
CEO, New America

About Aftershocks: Russia, Ukraine and the New World Order event series
Aftershocks is an event series tracking Russia's war in Ukraine and the conflict's effects -- for Ukraine, the region, and global order.