Headline RoundupJune 26th, 2023

What Does Wagner’s Short Uprising Mean for Putin and Russia?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Commentators across the political spectrum appeared to agree that the Wagner mercenary group’s short-lived weekend march toward Moscow weakened Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In Case You Missed It: Over the weekend, a mercenary group fighting for Russia in Ukraine temporarily turned its sights to Moscow after its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said Russian forces had attacked his troops. Prigozhin’s forces occupied the southern city of Rostov-on-Don and purportedly came within about 125 miles of Moscow without much of a fight. While Prigozhin said his actions were merely a protest, Putin called the uprising a “betrayal” and “treason.”

Media Perspectives: While right-rated outlets were less likely to publish opinions and analyses on the incident, no one thought Wagner’s mutiny was good for Putin. Even Chinese media reportedly agreed, saying the uprising threatened Putin’s “political stability.” Some commentators said the Russian leader had no one to blame but himself. Others warned that the mutiny made Putin more dangerous. Meanwhile, some said Wagner’s mutiny had “failed,” implying the intent was, in fact, to threaten Putin’s regime. 

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