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His glory fading, a Russian warlord took one more stab at power

By Paul Sonne and Anatoly Kurmanaev

27 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Yevgeny Prigozhin, a caterer-turned-mercenary boss, lost his power struggle with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu when Putin sided with Shoigu and required all irregular units fighting in Ukraine to sign contracts with the Ministry of Defense, reports the NYT.

Well before Yevgeny Prigozhin seized a major Russian military hub and ordered an armed march on Moscow, posing a startling and dramatic threat to President Vladimir Putin, the caterer-turned-mercenary boss was losing his own personal war.

Prigozhin’s private army had been sidelined. His lucrative government catering contracts had come under threat. The commander he most admired in the Russian military had been removed as the top general overseeing Ukraine. And he had lost his most vital recruiting source for fighters: Russia’s prisons.

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