Putin announces Prigozhin's replacement: Who is the commander nicknamed 'Sedoi'?

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Russian President Putin has announced the name he wants to replace Wagner chief Prigozhin. Troshev, nicknamed 'Sedoi' that Putin wanted, was said to be one of the most senior commanders of the mercenary group. Who Troshev is is a matter of curiosity.

Putin announces Prigozhin's replacement: Who is the commander nicknamed 'Sedoi'?

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Wagner group fighters to replace Yevgeny Prigozhin with a senior mercenary. The commander, nicknamed "Sedoi", which means "gray hair" in Russian, was named Andrei Troshev.

Pro-Wagner channels on Telegram said Troshev was one of the most senior commanders of the mercenary group.

Kommersant newspaper quoted Putin as saying that "Sedoi" was Wagner's real commander.

According to the EU, Troshev was directly involved in the Wagner Group's military operations in Syria. "He was particularly involved in the area of Deir al-Zor. As such, he provides a crucial contribution to (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad's war effort and therefore supports and benefits from the Syrian regime," the EU wrote.

Britain described the commander as the CEO of Wagner. 

Troshev on Putin's left

WHO IS ANDREI TROSHEV?

Troshev is one of the founding members of the group. According to Russian sources, the senior commander was born in 1962; according to Western sources, he was born in 1953 in Leningrad. 

Under the Soviet Union, he took part in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he fought in the Russian army in the North Caucasus. He then served as a commander in SOBR, an emergency response special forces unit of the Russian Interior Ministry.

Troshev was twice awarded the "Order of the Red Star" for his service in Afghanistan. In 2016, he was awarded Russia's highest medal, the "Hero of Russia", for his offensive against Islamic State militants in Palmyra, Syria.

Source: Reuters

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