Russia Investigating Wagner Leader For Potential Armed Mutiny
Summary from AllSides News Team
Russian intelligence is accusing Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner mercenary group fighting alongside Russia in the Ukraine invasion, of inciting an armed mutiny after Prigozhin declared the mercenaries were “going to figure out why chaos is happening in Russia.”
Details: On Friday, Prigozhin claimed Wagner forces were struck by Russian missiles while fighting in Ukraine. He has previously been critical of Russian leadership, at one point threatening to pull Wagner forces from the frontlines of the battle if they did not receive additional ammunition.
Key Quotes: Following the alleged attack, Prigozhin shared a message on Telegram stating the Wagner group was “declaring war on the Russian Ministry of Defense.” He added, “PMC Wagner Commanders' Council made a decision: The evil brought by the military leadership of the country must be stopped. Those who destroyed today our guys, who destroyed tens, tens of thousands of lives of Russian soldiers will be punished.” Prigozhin stated the Wagner group would return to Ukraine afterward, stating, “We will deal with those who destroy Russian soldiers. And we will return to the frontline.” Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee denied Prigozhin’s allegations in a statement reading, “The statements that are being spread on behalf of Yevgeny Prigozhin are absolutely unfounded. In connection with these statements, the Federal Security Service of Russia has started an investigation into a call for an armed mutiny. We demand that unlawful actions be stopped immediately.”
How The Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum are covering developments prominently.
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From the LeftRussia’s security service investigates Wagner chief for ‘armed mutiny’
Russia’s FSB security service has opened a criminal case for armed mutiny against Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin after the mercenary chief declared war on the Russian military leadership, in an unprecedented escalation of infighting among Russia’s elite.
In a series of audio clips released late on Friday, Prigozhin claimed that a Russian rocket attack had killed scores of his fighters, vowing to take “revenge” and “stop the evil brought by the military leadership of the country.”
“Those, who destroyed today our guys, who destroyed tens, tens of thousands of lives of...
From the CenterWagner Leader Declares War on Russian Military After Alleged Attack
The Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin on Friday accused the Russian military of attacking Wagner positions in Ukraine with missiles and declared war on the Russian Ministry of Defense.
"We are 25,000 strong, and we are going to figure out why chaos is happening in Russia," Prigozhin announced in a message shared on Telegram. "Everyone else is free to join us."
Prigozhin has long been critical of Russia's military leaders and frequently expresses his frustrations with them on Telegram. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is often a direct target of...
From the RightPutin's FSB accuses Wagner Group warlord of 'armed mutiny'
Russian intelligence authorities have accused Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin of calling for “armed mutiny” against the state after the warlord vowed to take revenge on Russian defense officials for an alleged attack on his men.
“The statements that are being spread on behalf of Yevgeny Prigozhin are absolutely unfounded,” Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said Friday, per state-run Tass. “In connection with these statements, the Federal Security Service of Russia has started an investigation into a call for an armed mutiny. We demand that unlawful actions be stopped immediately.”