UK lawyer sues Wagner, aiming to win billions for Ukrainians

Jason McCue, a British lawyer with extensive experience defending victims of terrorists, explains how class actions by Ukrainians can compensate for the damage from Russian aggression better than international reparations commissions and what he personally does to achieve this.

Class actions by Ukrainians can compensate for the damage from Russian aggression better than international reparations commissions

McCue leads the British law firm McCue Jury & Partners and has been defending the interests of victims of terrorists in court for 30 years. He led cases against the IRA (Irish Republican Army), Al-Qaeda, and Hamas, and appeared in courts around the world—from Britain and the United States to Somalia, Libya and Equatorial Guinea. He has repeatedly sought the withdrawal of sanctioned assets of states in favour of the victims through court verdicts. And now he wants to help the Ukrainians get reparations at the expense of the assets of the Russian invaders—from Yevgeny Prigozhin’s mercenaries to dictator Vladimir Putin personally.

In November 2022, McCue initiated the first lawsuit against the Wagner mercenary company. The lawyer enlisted the support of the Ukrainian government and an international network of lawyers, investigators and lobbyists built over decades of professional activity. Together they are trying to establish the process of filing class-action lawsuits against Russia in different countries.

The publication, New Voice of Ukraine, met with Jason during his latest visit to Kyiv to ask about this large-scale project.

Tell us about your program and the trial against PMC Wagner in London.

PayBack4Ukraine is a program that involves countries all over the world. We have cases in Israel, Europe, and America. In every case, the plaintiffs are ordinary Ukrainian peoples who may have lost a loved one, may have lost their business… by this Russian invasion, and they deserve compensation. They deserve reparations for what’s going on. These cases will create mass class-actions and take Russian assets, sanctioned or unsanctioned, and bring that money home for the people.

The first case that we’ve set up against the Wagner Group and Prigozhin is in London. That case is eligible for 180,000 Ukrainian evacuees in London on visas. If they all come into the case, it has a cumulative value of $5 billion. That’s $5 billion we can take off the Russian war machine and bring back to Ukrainians.

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