Wagner “Protest” Shows Cracks In Putin’s Armor According To Experts

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Dr. Sean McFate says that Wagner CEO Yevgeny Prigozhin’s alleged aborted “coup” shows that “Putin’s control is brittle…it also shows that Putin is much more vulnerable than the facade that he projects, that this is a deeply unpopular war in Russia, that the generals may be loyal to Putin, but the rank-and-file are not.” McFate is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a professor of strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Blaine Holt says that Putin may renege on the amnesty deal with Prigozhin, as the Kremlin is investigating $2 billion paid to his businesses in a single year. Fox News reports that before the amnesty deal was struck between Prigozhin and Putin, Putin referred to Progozhin’s actions as “treason” and wanted to “wipe out” Prigozhin using a Russian phrase which Putin also used in 1999 when referring to Chechen militants.