Those behind Wagner rebellion will not go unpunished — Putin

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According to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, individuals responsible for organizing the rebellion by the Wagner Group against the federation will face prosecution.

In announcing this on Monday, Putin confirmed rumors that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the group’s leader, would still be charged despite a previous “pardon” from the Russian government.

On Sunday, Prigozhin urged his men to turn around and return to base after taking them halfway to Moscow, the capital of Russia, in order to stop any bloodshed.

The military leadership of the nation was to be overthrown by the Wagner leader in retaliation for their ambush, which claimed “scores of his men.”

Putin referred to Prigozhin’s activities as a “stab in the back” and said that Russia would use “brutal” measures to neutralize the threat that the Wagner organization had grown to represent.

Prior to his announcements, criminal charges against the Wagner leader who was a former ally of Putin, for organising an armed mutiny were filed by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

However, after his retreat, Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesperson, said Prigozhin’s charges would be withdrawn and that he would move to Belarus.

Peskov said the conditions were part of a deal brokered by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to end the Wagner rebellion.

In a turn of events on Monday, TASS, Russian-state media, reported that a source in the prosecutor general’s office said the investigation against the Wagner leader has not been closed, adding that it was too soon to make such a decision.

In an address a few hours later, Putin said the rebellion was “criminal activity which is aimed at weakening the country”.

He said “any kind of blackmail is doomed to fail” and that the mutiny leaders “wanted our society to be fragmented”.

“The uprising was doomed to fail and its organisers, even though they lost their sense of right and wrong, couldn’t have failed to realise that,” he added.

The Russian leader said the entirety of Russian society was united by its responsibility to defend their homeland which contributed to the ousting of the mercenary group.

Putin also thanked Wagner officials who “took the right decision to stop and go back to prevent bloodshed”.

He added that most Wagner mercenaries are “patriots” who were “used” by organisers of the rebellion and provided them with three options.

“Today you have the opportunity to continue serving Russia by entering into a contract with the Ministry of Defence or other law enforcement agencies, or to return to your family and friends,” he said.

“The choice is yours, but I am sure it will be the choice of Russian soldiers who have realised their tragic mistake.

“The organisers of this rebellion will be brought to justice.”

Putin claimed Ukraine was involved in the weekend’s events and called the turmoil “revenge for their failed counteroffensive.


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