ISW: Prigozhin involved Girkin in the creation of a military structure that threatens Putin

ISW: Prigozhin involved Girkin in creating a military structure threatening Putin

Creator of PMC «Wagner» Yevgeny Prigozhin continues to gain strength and build a military structure parallel to the Russian Ministry of Defense, which could be a big threat to the rule of Vladimir Putin. This is reported by the American Institute for the Study of War.

According to analysts, recruitment into the new «volunteer battalion» the former leader of the terrorists «DPR» Igor Girkin (Strelkov). The latter is an ardent critic of the Russian high military command and a prominent figure among the Russian ultra-nationalists who participated in the annexation of Crimea or Russia's illegal seizure of Ukrainian territory in the Donbass in 2014.

In turn, Prigozhin himself can afford to run a parallel army without control from above. He occupies a unique position in the Russian system of power and information space. His electorate in Russia is expanding.

«Prigozhin is free to advertise himself and his forces while criticizing Kremlin officials or the Russian Armed Forces without fear of resistance. Putin depends on the forces of «Wagner» in Bakhmut and is likely trying to appease Prigozhin,” the report says.

Additionally, it was noted that Prigozhin likely distanced himself from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov after their joint criticism of the Russian high military command attracted a lot of attention. This may indicate that Kadyrov is losing influence and may be afraid of losing his control over the region amid Chechen disapproval of his demands in support of Putin's war.

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