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Wagner Mutiny: Did It End Unmute?

The Kremlin is in a deplorable state of affairs as a result of the recent failed Wagner mutiny, which may have put President Vladimir Putin on borrowed time and thrown doubt on Russia's future. Deep divides inside the Russian security forces have been exposed in the coup's aftermath, raising concerns about Putin's capacity to remain in power.

Following the Wagner mutiny, President Putin started a strange sequence of public appearances that seemed to be an attempt to portray his durability and strength. Putin's participation in highly visible events was a deliberate attempt to refute charges that the security forces had been inactive, according to the British military intelligence update.

Putin-controlled Russian state media attempted to control the narrative by highlighting his victory in putting an end to the uprising without using force. The goal was to rally the country behind him, but these initiatives reeked of desperation and came across as a pathetic attempt to hold onto power.

As the days went by, state-approved media in Russia altered its emphasis to minimise the importance of the Wagner Group and its proprietor, Yevgeny Prigozhin, while also damaging his character. By strategically distancing itself from Prigozhin and the rebellion, the Kremlin sought to impugn their participation.

According to the Ministry of Defence briefing, the state media actively participated in a campaign to disparage Prigozhin's reputation in an effort to deflect attention from the botched coup and shift responsibility away from the Kremlin. These actions show how desperately the Putin leadership is attempting to restore its legitimacy.

The Kremlin is reportedly determined to control information flow and quiet any dissenting voices, as evidenced by the silence that has descended across the Wagner Telegram channels. This interference is thought to be the cause of the silence. The narrative was further tightened when many publications connected to Prigozhin were promptly blacklisted by Russia's media watchdog.

The disabling of their websites after being blacklisted effectively restricts access to opposing viewpoints and strengthens state-controlled propaganda. These activities reveal the regime's aversion to unbiased reporting and its determination to keep a tight grip over public opinion.

Following the mutiny, Putin's decision not to implement a new military draft to replace the fleeing Wagner soldiers is an unusual development. According to Russian media reports, this choice indicates a lack of faith in the military ranks' loyalty and dependability. It makes his military's faith in him and his capacity to maintain combat readiness questionable.

The chairman of the defence committee of the state Duma, Andrey Kartapolov, may assert that combat readiness is still present, but the refusal to bolster the ranks says much about the systemic problems the Russian military is currently experiencing.


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