Russian mercenary Wagner Group will pay 18 million rubles (about 250.000 US dollars) to two agents who were detained in Libya in 2019 over espionage and released last week from a Tripoli prison.

Concord firm owned by the Russian oligarch, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who owns Wagner Group confirmed the news in a statement Tuesday, saying the 18 million rubles will go to Maxim Shugaley and his interpreter Samir Seifan - who is originally a Jordanian national - once they arrive in Moscow.

Russian government officials have defended the two spies as saying they were researchers but the Libyan Government of National Accord leaked documents showing that they were working for the mercenary Wagner Group doing intelligence operations.