January 20, 2023 | New York Daily News

Washington must label Russian private army Wagner Group as the terrorist group it is

January 20, 2023 | New York Daily News

Washington must label Russian private army Wagner Group as the terrorist group it is

Recent media reports show that the Biden administration is considering designating the infamous Wagner Group, a Russian private military company, as a terrorist entity. While such a move may seem counterintuitive — mercenaries are not the typical image that comes to mind when we discuss terrorism — our extensive research into the U.S.’s architecture of terrorism designations convinces us that this is a legal and viable tool.

The administration’s discussion of potentially designating the Wagner Group comes at a time when there is increased international focus on using antiterrorism tools to counter various aggressive actions by Russia. The European Parliament passed a resolution in November declaring Russia to be a state sponsor of terrorism — a move that is less significant than it may appear at first glance, as the European Union currently has no legal mechanism for designating state sponsors of terrorism.

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