Russia, turnaround in Wagner: negotiations for the new boss, who will succeed Prigozhin

Russia, turnaround in Wagner: negotiations for the new boss, who will succeed Prigozhin

It could be Yevgeny Prigozhin’s son, 25-year-old Pavel, who heads the Wagner mercenary group founded by his late father. This is supported by ISW, the Institute for the Study of War, according to which Pavel Prigozhin is negotiating with the Russian national guard, Rosgvardia, to ensure that the mercenary organization joins them in the fighting in Ukraine. Citing a Telegram channel affiliated with the group, the American think tank speaks of an alternative leader to the Wagner commander, Andrey Troshev, who was tasked by Russian President Vladimir Putin with forming a group of volunteers to fight in Ukraine. The retired former colonel has already signed a contract with the Ministry of Defense and was publicly embraced by Putin.

From the messages on Telegram it appears that “some of Wagner’s men are interested in mobilizing around an alternative linked to Prigozhin and not to the Kremlin and Troshev, which is aligned with the Ministry of Defense”, said the ISW. The Russian Guard is directly subordinate to the presidential administration, which makes “Putin’s public embrace of Troshev and the subordination of Wagner elements to the Russian Ministry of Defense” notable, U.S. analysts said. “The Ministry of Defense should, in any case, provide the equipment and supplies for a large reconstituted force under the Russian Guard, as the Russian Guard does not have the logistical infrastructure to do so on its own,” specifies the Isw . Prigozhin’s legacy has not yet been defined.

Source: IL Tempo

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