When Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin shocked the Kremlin—and the entire world—on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, by marching on Moscow, he had one stated goal. The high command of the Russian Armed Forces was incompetent and had to be eliminated.
Prigozhin’s forces turned around and halted before reaching the Russian capital, after signing an agreement through diplomacy from Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Since then, rumors have swirled. On the evening of Saturday, June 24, a number of pro-Russian Telegram channels wrote that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had been arrested by the FSB.
The following Monday, the Russian Ministry of Defense released a video of Shoigu visiting troops at the front in Ukraine. Later, Sjojgu spoke up several times.
Sergei “General Armageddon” Surovkin has not – who has been quiet since the Wagner uprising.
On Wednesday last week, Russian Defense Ministry sources reported that Surovkin was arrested after he allegedly sided with the Wagner rebels.
Last week, the Kremlin refused to answer the whereabouts of the Russian defense minister.
Dagbladet had previously mentioned rumors that Surovikin may have had links to the Wagner Group via so-called “VIP” memberships.
CNN It was unclear what “VIP membership” entailed, he wrote last week, but Surovikin was previously known to have close ties to Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin.
It is unclear if Surovkin knew about the Wagner Group’s march against Moscow.
Last Monday, Bloomberg wrote that there has been no sign of “General Armageddon” since June 23rd. On the same day, Shoigu told about the position of Wagner to the Russian soldiers.
An attempt to destabilize the situation in Russia failed, Shoigu said, because the Russian forces “were true to their oath.” bloomberg.
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