Prominent Russian General Sergei Surovikin had inside information about the Wagner Group uprising. what does the american newspaper report The New York Times, which relies on information provided by unnamed US officials. It is unclear, according to insiders, whether the top soldier was also involved in the planning of the mercenary army’s mutiny.
Soerovikin was previously the head of Russian troops in Ukraine, but had to leave the field after a few months. He is seen as a hardliner who wants to do anything to win. After Wagner’s revolt, Soerovikin appeared in a video calling on Russian troops in Ukraine to stand their ground and not join the mutinous fighters.
US officials say in the newspaper that there are signs that several Russian generals have backed Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin’s plan to replace the army command. Prigozhin disagreed with Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and Army Chief Valery Gerasimov. Soerovikin would also have preferred to see this duo leave.
Prigozhin sent his mercenaries to Moscow last weekend. He said it was a protest and not a coup attempt. The advance of Wagner’s troops caused chaotic conditions in Russia, but soon came to an end when Prigozhin reached an agreement providing for his departure to neighboring Belarus.
According to insiders, Wagner’s boss must have believed he had enough support from powerful figures otherwise he wouldn’t have started the risky mutiny. He seems to have counted on the help of the army, among others.
Sources of The New York Times point out that Western countries do not yet have a full picture of exactly what happened. According to the newspaper, the West has a clear interest in undermining Surovikin, who is seen as more ruthless and efficient than other Russian generals.
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