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One big winner of Kremlin-Wagner clash? The dictator next door

By Valerie Hopkins

26 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. Alexander Lukashenko scored an unlikely PR victory at the weekend, when he brokered an agreement between Vladimir Putin and Yevgeny Prigozhin that averted a potential civil war.

Vladimir Putin is known for his tight control over the news media in Russia. His onetime ally, Wagner military group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin, is himself the owner of a conservative media outlet and a flamboyant showman on social media.

But it was an unlikely figure who emerged with a public relations victory in the wake of Prigozhin’s mutiny: the longtime dictator of Belarus, the neighboring country that is firmly in Moscow’s orbit.

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