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Prigozhin may be gone, but not the failings he ranted about

By Neil MacFarquhar

29 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, has been exiled following a 24-hour mutiny. However, the issues he highlighted remain unresolved and will continue to weigh on morale within the military.

The Russian warlord whose 24-hour mutiny provoked the worst crisis to roil the country in three decades has been packed off to an uncertain exile — along with the foul-mouthed critiques of the Russian military that won him legions of followers, especially within the ranks.

Yet the problems identified by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group, did not disappear with him, military analysts say, and are likely to continue to fester, enraging troops and further lowering already sickly morale.

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