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Chaos in the Kremlin: Private Army Leader Declares Rebellion against Russian Military Brass


In an unexpected twist of events, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the commander of Russia’s private military unit, the Wagner Group, which has been actively involved in the Ukraine conflict, has declared an armed rebellion against the Russian military leadership. He has invited Russian forces to join his audacious revolt.

Social media has been buzzing with videos allegedly showing Prigozhin’s men in a convoy heading towards Rostov-on-Don, the regional headquarters of the Russian military. Subsequent footage portrays the armed men storming the building, with nonchalant bystanders observing the events unfold in their everyday mundanity. A tweet later appeared, allegedly featuring Prigozhin claiming control of the city and inviting Russian Defense Minister Shoigu and Chief of General Staff Gerasimov to the now-conquered headquarters.

While the authenticity of these videos and their interpretations cannot be independently confirmed, they raise eyebrows and questions regarding the internal dynamics within the Russian military structure.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a short but stern condemnation of Prigozhin in a public address. Likening Prigozhin to a terrorist, Putin issued a call to arms for the Russian people to oppose the private army commander. He declared, “Everyone who deliberately embarked on the path of betrayal, who prepared an armed rebellion, chose the path of blackmail and terrorist methods — they will suffer inevitable punishment.”

Further compounding Prigozhin’s predicament, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, part of the Federal Security Services, has charged him with armed insurrection, as reported by NPR.

However, Prigozhin has defended his actions, framing them as a pursuit of “justice” in response to a missile strike allegedly ordered by the “evil” Russian military leadership that claimed some of his men’s lives. Despite his intentions to lead his troops to Moscow, he vehemently denied any plans to overthrow Putin’s government.

He maintained that “Presidential power, the government, the police, and the Russian guard will work as usual,” asserting that his actions were not a coup but a “march of justice.” He added, “Our actions do not interfere with the troops in any way.”

Prigozhin accuses the Ministry of Defence of deceiving the public and the president with false narratives of Ukrainian aggression, insinuating that the conflict’s genesis lies in Defense Minister Shoigu’s ambitions of ascending to Marshall’s rank.

These unfolding events reflect a precarious power struggle within Russia’s military echelons that is worthy of international attention.

Alexandra Russel
Alexandra Russel
Highly respected journalist and political commentator with over a decade of experience in the industry. Alex was born and raised in Florida, where she developed a passion for writing at a young age, leading her to pursue a degree in journalism from the University of Florida. After graduation, she worked as a political reporter for several local and national publications before being appointed as the chief editor at Conservative Fix.

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