A short-lived rebellion led by Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin has pushed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power under closer scrutiny. Russia’s political system is “showing its weaknesses and its military strength is cracking,” EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell told a summit of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday.
There are great questions about the whereabouts of Putin and Prigozhin — neither of whom have been seen in public since the episode ended — and about the future of Prigozhin’s Wagner group of mercenaries.
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Now, following the short-lived rebellion, Prigozhin has been exiled to Belarus, a more isolated dictatorship than Russia and often referred to as Europe’s North Korea, Mary Ilyushina reports.
On some levels, Prigozhin’s most brazen gamble clearly backfired—his insurgency ended without ousting his arch-enemies, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and General Valery Gerasimov, the overall commanders of the war in Ukraine. But he hasn’t entirely lost his personal mercenary flair, and he appears to have won some acclaim in Russia: he got a famous send-off as he left the city of Rostov-on-Don after news of his deal with Putin broke. , many locals rushed to clap and take selfies.