Kimberly Marten (Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Barnard College) is quoted in a piece by Canada's Global News about Russia’s Wagner semi-state security forces ("Expendables: How Shadowy Mercenaries Cash in on Russia's Wars," 7 August 2018).
Kimberly Marten Quoted in "Expendables: How Shadowy Mercenaries Cash in on Russia's Wars" by Global News
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
"Wagner’s fighting force consists largely of former Russian military veterans, although some of them come from other countries sympathetic to Russia’s cause, according to Marten.
She adds that Wagner trains its troops right next to a Russian military facility and that they appear to have access to a wide range of Russian-made military equipment, including tanks."
“They tend to be people who are doing it for the money, so they’re pretty economically desperate,” Marten said. “That really allows the state, and also the people who are funding them, to take advantage of them.”