However, he found it difficult to answer what Utkin was awarded for. In December 2021, the EU imposed sanctions against Wagner's PMCs, accusing the group's fighters of numerous human rights violations and participation in hostilities in the Donbass. Prigozhin confirmed the change in the head of the company, but said that he had nothing to do with the activities of PMC Wagner. The companies of businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin were also present in the same sanctions package. In 2014, he began to command his own group of fighters, which was named PMC Wagner. “ Dmitry really was. In 2013, Utkin (Wagner) went to Syria as part of another private military company & mdash; “ Slavic Corps ''. Utkin is suspected of encroaching on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, as well as complicity in the conduct of an aggressive war (part 3 of Art. 28 h. RBC's interlocutors in 2016 said that the Wagner PMC fighters took part, in particular, in the battles for Palmyra. The publication claimed that he began a military career in the Pskov brigade of the GRU. On the personality of Dmitry Utkin “ Fontanka '' told in 2016, exactly by his callsign & mdash; Wagner & mdash; became famous, presumably, the private military company founded by him. In 2017, US sanctions were imposed on Utkin and PMC Wagner. Evgeny Viktorovich also asked to convey that he was extremely surprised by the very fact of the existence of this company and had nothing to do with its activities, '', & mdash; said a businessman's spokesman. The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine opened a case against the commander of PMC Wagner for the battles in Donbass According to Ukrainian investigators, the commander of the mercenaries was personally present in Donbass in 2014-2015 and participated in the battles near Debaltseve The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine opened a criminal case against a citizen Russia, which, according to investigators, led the Wagner PMC. After his retirement, he worked for the Moran Security Group, a private company specializing in the protection of marine vessels. Subscribe to VK RBC Receive news faster than anyone Истoчник rbc.ru He is a Chevalier of the Orders of Courage, he was from the Novgorod Region '', & mdash; Peskov answered a question from journalists. '' There he commanded military units under his control. In Russia, the law prohibits mercenarism. In November of the same year, Dmitry Utkin's full namesake became CEO of Concord Management and Consulting & mdash; management company of the restaurant holding Yevgeny Prigozhin. The ministry's message does not specify the name of the suspect, but, according to RIA Novosti, it is Dmitry Utkin. 27), Part 2 of Art. 2 tbsp. “ We are not aware of the activities of the organization you mentioned. 110, part 5 of Art. In particular, in the winter of 2014, he was in the Debaltseve area, where a large group of Ukrainian troops was surrounded. For participation in armed conflicts on the territory of another country, the Criminal Code provides for up to seven years in prison (Article 359), for the recruitment, training, financing of a mercenary, “ as well as his use in an armed conflict or hostilities ''; & mdash; from four to eight years, and for the same acts committed with the use of official position or against a minor, & mdash; from 7 to 15 years , as well as not being a person sent to perform official duties. In December 2016, Dmitry Utkin attended a reception in the Kremlin on the occasion of the Day of Heroes of the Fatherland, this was confirmed by the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported. According to Ukrainian investigators, from July 2014 to March 2015, Utkin was in the conflict zone in Donbass, “ acting in collusion with officials of the Russian Armed Forces. He explained that he was at the reception in the status of a Chevalier of the Order of Courage.