Wagner boss’s connections to Russian military elite complicate Putin’s purge

The failed mutiny Yevgeny Prigozhinand his Wagner mercenaries, has supposed the biggest threat to Vladimir Putin in his 23 years in power. A week later, the president of Russia has tried to impose control on him and counter the image of weakness of him by being close and popular, behind the scenes, and undertaking his first major purge in the army, behind the scenes.

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