This weekend, the founder of the Wagner Group, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, provoked a mutiny in front of the Russian Ministry of Defense, thus seizing the headquarters of the Southern Military District, which is located in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, before turning towards Moscow. However, Yevgeniy Prigozhin stopped his advance without any violent confrontation. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, first accused Yevgeniy Prigozhin of treason and then persuaded him to drop the charges. Yevgeniy Prigozhin was planning to travel to Belarus.
Vladimir Putin lets Yevgeniy Prigozhin go
The Kremlin has publicly guaranteed that Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner Group, had Putin’s “word” that he could safely leave the country, after all criminal charges against him were very easily dropped.
What could have helped the Russian president decide to let the whole thing go? Well, according to some experts, Yevgeniy Prigozhin and his Wagner mercenaries managed to take control of Rostov in a very easy way, which perhaps has sabotaged the “strong leader” image of the Russian president. When Putin decided and promised to take “brutal” measures against the coup organizers, they quickly easily walked away. Don’t miss, crowds of Rostov residents supporting Wagner’s fighters were seen applauding and shaking them. hands with them, as seen in some filmed videos. This is seen as a factor in letting everything slide easily.
A little about the Wagner Group
The Wagner Group mercenary organization was first identified in 2014, at the time of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Basically, it is a network of contractors that manufacture supplies for soldiers for hire. In 2022, the group was registered as a company. It was then that the company inaugurated its new headquarters in Saint Petersburg.
Initially, the group had only 5,000 fighters and was mostly quite secretive. These 5,000 fighters were active, especially in Western Asia and Africa. However, in the following years the group expanded significantly and reached 50,000 fighters, also in Ukraine alone. Around 80% of the group’s troops in Ukraine have reportedly been recruited from prison.
Yevgeny Prigozhin is the leader of the Wagner Group. The man was born in 1961 and spent his 20 years in prison for accusations of fraud and theft. After his release from Soviet prison and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yevgeny Prigozhin began to follow an “entrepreneurial path.” The man started selling hot dogs and soon opened a large restaurant in his own hometown, that is, St. Petersburg. The luxurious restaurant became a hit and a favorite haunt of Russian elites, including Vladimir Putin, then deputy mayor.
Since the restaurant became a success, Yevgeny Prigozhin began to build close relationships with important people. This helped the man expand his business. Once Vladimir Putin became president, Yevgeny Prigozhin had the opportunity to host government contracts. Soon, Yevgeny Prigozhin became known by the nickname “Putin’s Chef.” Although the restaurant brought lucrative profits to the owner, he eventually began another journey in the sector of offering private military service.
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