A former fighter who says he fled from Russia’s Wagner mercenary group in July is seeking asylum in Norway, authorities say.

Andrey Medvedev says he ran away from Wagner in July after witnessing the killings and mistreatment of other fighters.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration and Andrey Medvedev’s lawyer confirmed on Monday that the 26-year-old was seeking protection in the Nordic nation

Medvedev, an orphan who joined the Russian army and served time in prison before joining the Wagner Group, said he left after witnessing Wagner deserters being killed.

In a filmed interview released on Monday by Gulagu.net, the Russian rights group that helped Medvedev escape, he said: “I am afraid of dying in agony.”

Norwegian police were notified of Medvedev’s crossing late on Thursday after Russian border guards found traces in the snow, indicating his journey.