Posted: Monday, June 26, 2023. 8:45 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Russia’s mercenary chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin engaged an armed mutiny with his private military company in Russia last Friday.
According to CNBC, Russian President Vladimir Putin was able to avoid a dramatic and bloody standoff with his one-time ally.
Experts and analysts say that the armed rebellion demonstrates a political crisis in Russia and shatters the myth of Russia’s invincibility.
On Saturday, the armed rebellion seized one of the Russian military’s key bases before moving to Moscow.
Analysts say that the rebellion was “24 hours that shook the Kremlin” and the biggest challenge to Putin and the Russian elite in decades.
“Even in a Russia accustomed to crisis and chaos, the events over the weekend were extraordinary,” Chris Weafer, chief executive of the Moscow-based economic consultancy Macro-Advisory stated.
“A heavily armed and determined military force got to within 200 kilometers of Moscow – a feat historically achieved, or attempted, by very few armies,” Weafer said.
Heightened tensions began weeks ago when Russia’s Defense Ministry announced that all private military companies, including Wagner, would have to sign contracts.
But, Prigozhin refused to sign and his fighters engaged in the revolt on Friday.
In addition, Weafer said that, “the Kremlin will now urgently feel compelled to show some battlefield success (that its objectives in Ukraine are being achieved) and it will need to ensure the economy stays on the current recovery path.”
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