In a recent article from NewYorkPost… In the aftermath of the Wagner Group’s recent armed rebellion, retired General Robert Abrams, a former senior US military leader, and ABC News contributor, has expressed his belief that the leader of the mutinous mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, is likely dead or imprisoned. Abrams shared his assessment, stating that he doubts Prigozhin will ever be seen in public again.
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Abrams further speculated that Prigozhin may have been forced into hiding or incarcerated, but regardless, he doesn’t expect him to resurface. When questioned about the possibility of Prigozhin still being alive, Abrams expressed his personal doubt, suggesting that if he is indeed alive, he is likely being held in an undisclosed prison.
Additionally, General Abrams raised suspicions regarding a meeting between Prigozhin and Russian President Vladimir Putin that was announced by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to Peskov, Putin met with Prigozhin and all the senior commanders of the Wagner Group on June 29, just five days after the failed mutiny. However, Abrams expressed skepticism about the authenticity of the meeting, believing it to be highly staged.
The Kremlin spokesperson had mentioned that Putin invited 35 individuals, including Prigozhin, to the three-hour-long meeting. Reports from the French newspaper Liberation also claimed the presence of other senior officials such as Viktor Zolotov, head of the national guard, and Sergei Naryshkin, the SVR Foreign Intelligence boss. Peskov stated that during the meeting, Putin provided his assessment of the Wagner Group’s actions in the Ukrainian conflict, as well as the events surrounding the mutiny. He also claimed that Putin listened to the commanders’ explanations and offered them options for future combat deployments.
Prigozhin, a 62-year-old billionaire businessman known for his disputes with top Russian military figures, led his fighters in an insurrection that resulted in the capture of Rostov-on-Don. He subsequently ordered his forces to march toward Moscow but changed his plans after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko intervened and brokered a truce between Prigozhin and the Kremlin.
Under the terms of the agreement, Prigozhin would avoid treason charges if he agreed to go into exile in Belarus. However, Lukashenko recently announced that Prigozhin had returned to Russia. Flight tracking data indicated that one of Prigozhin’s private jets had made multiple trips between Belarus and Russia in the days following the rebellion.
There have been reports of Prigozhin visiting the FSB office in Saint Petersburg to reclaim his confiscated weapons, and he also released an audio message expressing gratitude to those who supported the failed mutiny, which he claimed was aimed at fighting traitors and rallying society.
As of now, Prigozhin’s current whereabouts and future plans remain unknown. Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has remarked that Prigozhin’s failed coup attempt has made him a target.
In an interview on WABC 770 AM radio’s “Cats Roundtable” show, Pompeo said, “I wouldn’t insure his life… Prigozhin clearly took a chance. If you’re going to take on the king, don’t do it with a Nerf bat. He did. It failed.”