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Putin appeared paralyzed and unable to act in first hours of rebellion

By Catherine Belton

25 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner mercenary group, attempted a mutiny on June 24, which left Russian President Vladimir Putin paralyzed and unable to act decisively, according to Ukrainian and other European security officials.

LONDON - When Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner mercenary group, launched his attempted mutiny on the morning of June 24, Vladimir Putin was paralyzed and unable to act decisively, according to Ukrainian and other security officials in Europe. No orders were issued for most of the day, the officials said.

The Russian president had been warned by the Russian security services at least two or three days ahead of time that Prigozhin was preparing a possible rebellion, according to intelligence assessments shared with The Washington Post. Steps were taken to boost security at several strategic facilities, including the Kremlin, where staffing in the presidential guard was increased and more weapons were handed out, but otherwise no actions were taken, these officials said.

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