The Russian embassy in Minsk has said it does not have any information about Russian citizens being detained in Belarus. It follows media reports about the arrest of suspected members of the ‘Wagner’ private military company.

The embassy has requested official information on detentions following the media reports, diplomats said. “The embassy has not received any official notifications about any Russian citizens detained on the territory of Belarus,” the diplomatic mission wrote in a Twitter post. 

Earlier, Belarusian state news agency, Belta, reported citing law enforcement sources that 33 ‘Russian citizens’ suspected of being the members of the company were arrested in Belarus.