Russia's FSB drops criminal case against Wagner group over armed mutiny

Russia's FSB security service dropped its criminal case against the Wagner mercenary group over its short-lived armed mutiny at the weekend, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday.

According to the RIA news agency, the case was dropped because "the participants had ceased actions directly aimed at committing the crime."

Under a deal agreed late on Saturday that defused the crisis, the Kremlin said fighters who took part in the mutiny would not be prosecuted and would be allowed to return to base.

Following the dropped charges, the Wagner group is preparing to hand over heavy military equipment to the defense ministry, RIA news agency cited the ministry as saying on Tuesday, following the end of a brief mutiny at the weekend by the mercenary fighters.