Is Putin Under Threat from Wagner Group? Anticipating a New March on Moscow?

In a development that is rapidly gaining international attention, speculation abounds following the recent plane crash north of Moscow.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Is Putin Under Threat from Wagner Group? Anticipating a New March on Moscow?
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In a development that is rapidly gaining international attention, speculation abounds following the recent plane crash north of Moscow. The crash's primary intrigue revolves around Yevgeny Prigozhin, the alleged chief of the Russian mercenary army Wagner.

Russian authorities have confirmed that Prigozhin was on the passenger list of the ill-fated private plane, which tragically left no survivors.

Tensions Rise Amid Unconfirmed Reports

Anton Garashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs, intensified the discourse when he shared a post from what he claims is Wagner's official profile.

The post ardently voiced suspicions about the Kremlin's involvement in Prigozhin's alleged death. The post stated, "There are rumours about the death of the head of Wagner PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin. We directly say that we suspect the Kremlin officials led by Putin of an attempt to kill him!

If the information about Prigozhin's death is confirmed, we will organize a second 'March of Justice' on Moscow! He'd better be alive; it's in your own interests...." However, amidst the smoke of speculations, there remains a crucial detail yet to be ascertained – was Prigozhin indeed on the ill-fated plane?

Global Reactions Pour In

President Joe Biden, when questioned about the incident, expressed his lack of surprise over the news of Prigozhin's potential death. "I don't know for a fact what happened, but I'm not surprised,” remarked Biden, subtly insinuating the Russian President's omnipresence in significant events, “There’s not much that happens in Russia that Putin’s not behind.

But I don’t know enough to know the answer”. The sentiments were echoed by US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson. In her statement, Watson linked the tragic incident to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

She remarked, "If confirmed, no one should be surprised. The disastrous war in Ukraine led to a private army marching on Moscow, and now — it would seem — to this”. The implications of this event, if Prigozhin's presence on the plane is confirmed, could have profound ramifications on the political landscape. As the world watches closely, one can only hope for clarity and justice in the wake of this tragic event.

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