Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Wagner chief Prigozhin planned mutiny in Russia since mid-June – Washington Post

Prigozhin, owner of the Wagner Group of mercenaries, putting on a mean face as he berates rivals in the Russian Defense Ministry. Screenshot from video
Wagner chief Prigozhin planned mutiny in Russia since mid-June – Washington Post

US intelligence learned in mid-June that the leader of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, Evgeny Prigozhin, was planning an “armed action” against the Russian defense establishment on the territory of Russia, the Washington Post reported.

The US intelligence had no information about the exact goals and timing of Evgeny Prigozhin’s plans until Wagner troops took over the Southern military command of Russia’s Armed Forces in Rostov-on-Don (southwestern Russia) and started their tank run toward the Russian capital Moscow on Friday and Saturday, anonymous US officials told the Washington Post.

Prigozhin’s rebellion exposed severe weaknesses in Kremlin and Russian Ministry of Defense – ISW

“There were enough signals to be able to tell the leadership that something was up. So I think they were ready for it,” one of the US officials said on the condition of anonymity.

According to unnamed US officials, the key reason for Prigozhin’s move was an order from the Russian Defense Ministry that all volunteer units must sign contracts with the government. Although the order did not mention Wagner Group by name, the implication meant a takeover of Prigozhin’s mercenaries, who had proven important to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military officials also were monitoring Prigozhin’s moves. They believed that he might mobilize his forces against Moscow, but the timing of such mutiny was unclear, a senior Ukrainian official told the Washington Post.

Frontline report: Russia suffers record aircraft losses during Wagner mutiny

Within the last two weeks, US intelligence was concerned about whether Russia’s President Vladimir Putin would be ousted or remain in power. It was unclear how instability in Russia could affect the control of Russia’s nuclear arsenal, one of the anonymous US officials told the Washington Post.

“The instability that might result from a Russian ‘civil war’ was the key fear,” unnamed US officials said.

In addition to the White House, senior officials at the Pentagon, State Department, and Congress were briefed within the past two weeks on the intelligence related to Wagner’s rebellion, US officials told the Washington Post.


You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts