Mercenary ([]) is a person who takes part in an armed conflict who is not a national or party to the conflict and is motivated to take part in the hostilities by desire for private gain.
- http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-02/russia-vladimir-putin-military-mercenary-soldiers-syria Von Willi Neumann, Steffen Dobbert. Putin’s Mercenaries. 6. Februar 2017, 13:13 Uhr. A change in Russian law now allows mercenaries in the country to fight abroad. Recruitment of the new private soldiers is already in progress – and not just for deployments in Syria.