Mercenary group Wagner
Now there is a gap between Putin and his “chef”.
Since the beginning of the war, Yevgeny Prigogine and his Wagner group have steadily increased in power and prestige. The Kremlin is likely to bear some responsibility for the heavy losses currently being suffered by the mercenaries in Pakmut.
A few years ago, Prigozhin and Putin had even more different roles: Yevgeny Prigozhin earned the nickname “Putin’s chef” thanks to his catering company, which cooked for the president.
But as Prigozhin has steadily grown in power and reputation since the start of the Ukraine war, he may pose a threat to Vladimir Putin.
In recent times, the head of the Wagner group also likes to appear in combat uniform, apparently only a few kilometers from the front.
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He harshly criticizes the noble Russian army and emphasizes the actions of his Wagner mercenaries. Here Prigozhin appears third from the left with an assault rifle.
Now a political scientist close to the Kremlin has criticized Prigozhin for his plans to run for the Russian presidency in 2024. This would make the Wagner boss a rival to Putin.
The Institute for War Studies also sees signs that the Kremlin in Bagmut is deliberately burning Wagner fighters to damage their reputation. The film features satellite images of the destruction of the city, which has been the scene of heavy fighting for months.
A Russian political scientist accuses Prigozhin of pursuing political goals and thereby endangering his Wagner troops.
Meanwhile, according to Western observers, the Russian Defense Ministry is further weakening the mercenary force in order to limit Prigozhin’s power.
Earlier, Yevgeny Prigozhin had sarcastically announced that he would run for Ukraine’s presidential election in 2024.
After a great initial success, Yevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner mercenaries have been in decline for months over his relationship with Vladimir Putin. It must have been a thorn in the Kremlin leader’s side that his personal army was able to record small victories time and again, while the progress of the traditional Russian military quickly stalled before the eyes of the world.
Wagner Group increasingly loses concessions
Except that Criticized “Putin’s chef” like Yevgeny Prigozhin For his earlier work as a caterer to the Russian chancellor, he continued to argue that the Russian army was inefficient and that his Wagner troops were not supplied with sufficient ammunition. To control the power of the Wagner Group, Putin banned the recruitment of prisoners And he once again announced that he was increasingly relying on the Russian military.
Yet Prigozhin has continued to tease, announcing in mid-March that he would run for the Ukrainian presidency in 2024. To Alexei Mukhin, a Russian political scientist and member of the Kremlin-affiliated group Valdai Discussion Club, the meaning behind the sarcastic announcement is clear. As he writes on his Telegram channel, the Russian public is increasingly interpreting Prigozhin’s announcement. An upcoming candidate for the 2024 Russian presidential election are going to take place.
“Prigogin looks for a scapegoat”
“Could Evgeny Prigogine have told Vladimir Putin about his presidential plans?” asks Mukhin rhetorically. Aleksej Mukhin, the “burgeoning politician” that Wagner calls the boss, has rounded up his troops in Bagmut and is now looking for a scapegoat. But whether Moscow will come to the rescue is questionable.
Because, as the “Institute for the Study of War” writes, it is now noticeable that the Russian Ministry of Defense is trying to blame Prigozhin for the slow progress and high losses of Pakmut. First The city of Bakhmut had been fighting hard for months So the Kremlin could deliberately deploy Wagner’s troops to underestimate the importance and effectiveness of Prigozhin’s mercenaries.
The British Ministry of Defense estimated that half of the prisoners fighting for the paramilitary organization were killed. Given the heavy casualties and the loss of the ability to recruit prisoners directly from prison, the Wagner Group may play an increasingly minor role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The future will show whether this is enough to dislodge the Kremlin boss from the Wagner boss as a potential contender in the presidential election.
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