The Russian cour has sentenced military analyst Vladimir Neyelov to seven years in prison after convicting him of treason. He specialized in Russia’s private security firms, some of which carry out mercenary activities abroad in cooperation with Russian security forces.

“The court found that Neyelov, for money, gave a German consulting firm information about the process of training and preparing operative agents of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation,” the court said in a statement on July 2 after a closed trial.

Neyelov was often quoted in the media speaking about the Russian private military company (PMC) Wagner Group, which is controlled by financier Yevgeny Prigozhin. The Vagner group has sent mercenaries to Ukraine, Syria, Libya, and other countries.

He also is the author or co-author of several books on the activities of Russian private security firms in various conflicts in the former Soviet space and in Afghanistan.