Intervention of Russian Private Military Forces in the Conflicts of 21st Century

  • Sutanuka Sinha Ray and Laxmipriya Das
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  • Sutanuka Sinha Ray

    Student at School of Law, KIIT (Deemed to be University), India

  • Laxmipriya Das

    Student at School of Law, KIIT (Deemed to be University), India

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As long as there are Sovereign Nations Possessing great power, War is Inevitable. -By Albert Einstein. War has been a gravitating concern since time immemorial. States are more fascinated to privatize the essentials, and War is one among them. Among the Sovereign States, Russia has never failed to remain in limelight. Russia extends its Private Military Contractors (PMCs) in disputes in the post-Soviet space as well as in the Middle East and North Africa places where it has political and economic interests. Hence, Russia’s Military influence has been spread worldwide. So, without much delving into the history of privatization of war in the State, the Authors wish to play up with the exercise as to how the above State runs the business of War followed by the laws or the rules it adheres to, its Private Military Contractors in state policy and its participation in war. Thousands of Russian private Military contractors are fighting overseas and getting assassinated but anyone could hardly find their name in defence ministry of Russia or in any official record. It is totally undisclosed. The growing intervention of Russian Private Military Force (RPMF) is increasing threat to international humanitarian law. Hence in this part the authors will discuss some notable intervention by RMPF in some deadliest conflict of 21st century. In there the authors will further elucidate the role of RPMF in Syrian Civil war, Ukraine conflict, intervention in Africa and in most contemporary conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh and the consequences. In the second part, the authors will try to throw a light on the legal status of those private mercenaries with respect to international law and Russian Municipal Law. Lastly the authors will finish the article with the discussion of challenges associated to private mercenaries and authors’ perspective towards this.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 4, Page 733 - 739


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