Who is “Sedoi”, the veteran that Putin proposed to command the Wagner group to replace Prigozhin

Andrei Troshev, a senior Wagner commander known by his callsign ‘Sedoi’, attends a reception to celebrate Heroes of the Fatherland Day at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, December 9, 2016, in this still image taken Of video. Kremlin.ru/Handout via REUTERS/File (KREMLIN.RU/)

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putinsaid that he had proposed to the combatants of the wagner group that a high-ranking mercenary known as “Sedoi”which means “gray hair” in Russian, will command them instead of Yevgeny Prigozhin.

“Sedoi” is the nom de guerre of Andrey Trosheva senior Wagner commander, according to sanctions documents from the European Union (EU), French official documents, sources with knowledge of the matter and Russian media reports.

The French Treasury describes Troshev’s call sign as “Siedoy”.

Its partners include Dmitry Utkinformer officer of the GRU military intelligence special forces and founder of Wagner, according to the EU.

The pro-Wagner channels in Telegram have repeatedly said that Troshev is known by the callsign “Sedoi” and that he is one of Wagner’s highest ranking commanders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council, via video conference in Moscow, Russia, July 14, 2023. Sputnik/Alexey Babushkin/Kremlin via REUTERS
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council, via videoconference in Moscow, Russia, on July 14, 2023. Sputnik/Alexey Babushkin/Kremlin via REUTERS (SPUTNIK/)

The newspaper Kommersant quoted Putin as saying that “Sedoi” had been the Wagner’s true commander.

The EU described him as “CEO (chief of staff) of the Wagner Group” in its 2021 document, which also says he was a founding member of the group.

“Andrei Troshev is directly involved in the military operations of the Wagner Group in Syria,” says the EU.

“He was particularly involved in the area of Deir al Zor. As such, it provides a crucial contribution to the war effort of (the Syrian dictator) Bashar al-Assad and therefore, supports the Syrian regime and benefits from it”.

The UK also described it in its documents on the sanctions on Syria as the Wagner’s chief executive.

Wagner group mercenaries in the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia.  June 24, 2023. REUTERS/File
Wagner group mercenaries in the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia. June 24, 2023. REUTERS/File

Troshev was born in Leningrad, the Soviet name for Saint Petersburg, on April 5, 1962, according to Russian sources. Western sanctions documents list his date of birth as April 5, 1953. It is not clear why.

fought in Afghanistan during the decade-long war the Soviet Union waged there. After the fall of the Soviet Union, he served in the North Caucasus with the Russian Army and then in SOBR, a quick reaction special forces unit of the Russian Interior Ministry. He was a unit commander.

For his service in Afghanistan, Troshev was twice awarded the Order of the Red Star. In 2016 he received Russia’s highest medal, the Hero of Russia medal, for the assault on Palmyra (Syria) against Islamic State militants.

Image taken from video and released on May 20, 2023 by the press service of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group, in which he (center) speaks while holding a Russian flag in front of his soldiers at Bakhmut, Ukraine.  (Prigozhin Press Service via AP, File)
Image taken from video and released on May 20, 2023 by the press service of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group, in which he (center) speaks while holding a Russian flag in front of his soldiers at Bakhmut, Ukraine. (Prigozhin Press Service via AP, File) (Uncredited/)

“Does not exist”

Putin told the daily Kommersant his version of an event in the Kremlin on June 29 in which 35 Wagner commanders participated, including the group’s leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin. That meeting came just five days after Prigozhin led a surprising but short-lived uprising against the authorities in Moscow.

Putin said that at that meeting, Wagner’s boss rejected an offer to keep his elements in Ukraine, where they have been involved in battles, under the leadership of their direct commander.

“Everyone could have stayed in one place and continued to serve,” Putin told the newspaper, “and nothing would have changed for them. They would have continued to be commanded by the same person who was their actual commander before.” At this point he refers to Sergei Shoigu, Defense Minister, with whom Prigozhin had a dispute until June 24.

Putin has said on other occasions that Wagner’s soldiers had to choose between sign contracts with the Ministry of Defense, move to Belarus or stop serving.

Meanwhile, he specifically referred to the lack of a legal framework for this type of militia in Russia: “There is no law on private military organizations. It simply does not exist,” said the president, referring to the Wagner Group.

(With information from Reuters)

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