Leader Of Private Russian Army Heading Into Exile In Belarus After Calling Off His Armed Mutiny
The leader of a private Russian army is heading into exile in Belarus after calling off his armed mutiny.
Yevgeny Prigozhin and his forces took over the southern city of Rostov – and were advancing towards Moscow before he announced a U-turn – saying he wanted to ‘avoid bloodshed’.
He won’t face prosecution – despite Vladimir Putin’s threats of punishments – and his mercenaries will be absorbed into the regular Russian army.
Sky’s Diana Magnay is in Russia, where she says the public are stunned:
“Bewilderment and questioning over whether ‘is this it?’ or ‘what happens next?’, because I don’t think people are expecting to see the last of Yevgeny Prigozhin. But I mean, you drive through Moscow this morning and it is just as Moscow always is”.
Security and Defence Analyst Declan Power thinks Wagner’s rebellion is a blow for Russian President Vladimir Putin:
“It may be the fact that they have already flexed their muscle, that the Russian military have proved ineffectual against them, that this could be the thing that causes other political elements in Moscow to unseat Vladimir Putin, or to wrest control from him and have him continue as the figurehead but with other people calling the shots “.