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Mercenary boss warned of revolution in Russia, but his own was short-lived

By Mary Ilyushina

26 Jun 2023 · 7 min read

informed Summary

  1. Yevgeniy Prigozhin, known as "Putin's chef," led a short-lived rebellion against the Russian Defense Ministry, seizing a strategic military headquarters near the border with Ukraine.

RIGA, Latvia - Before Wagner mercenary boss Yevgeniy Prigozhin sent his private army marching on Moscow this weekend, he told Russians that for the country to stand a chance of winning its war in Ukraine, it must become a "North Korea-style" state with the death penalty in force.

Still, whatever Prigozhin was trying to accomplish with the short-lived rebellion, he probably did not intend to get exiled to Belarus, a dictatorship even more isolated than Russia, often called the North Korea of Europe, where he is now supposed to go following a deal to avoid arrest and prosecution.

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