Belarus deal to take in leader of Russian rebellion puts him in an even more repressive nation
Leader of the mercenary army against Ukraine, Yevgeny Prigozhin was broadcast calling Russian defense leaders "scumbags" but then turned his army around from Moscow.

Yevgeny Prigozhin
Belarus is a strong Russian ally, allowing the Kremlin to base forces fighting in Ukraine there.

Russian mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin was notorious for unbridled and profane challenges to authority even before the attempted rebellion that he mounted Saturday. The reported agreement for him to go into exile in Belarus would place him in a country where such behavior is even less acceptable than in his homeland.

Prigozhin on Sunday was uncharacteristically silent as his Wagner private army forces pulled back from Russian cities after a Kremlin announcement that he agreed to depart for Belarus; it remains unclear whether he’s actually there.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko reportedly negotiated the deal. But Prigozhin’s maverick ways are at odds with Lukashenko’s harsh repression of dissent and independent media. In power since 1994, the leader often called “Europe’s last dictator” launched a brutal crackdown on 2020 protests against his rule; hundreds were sentenced to lengthy prison terms, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Bialiatski.

Lukashenko, Belarus became almost umbilically tied to neighboring Russia, agreeing to form a still-in-progress “union state.” Although Belarus’ army is not known to have taken part in Russia’s war on Ukraine, the country allows Russia to base troops there that have fought in Ukraine and made a deal this year for deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons. Lukashenko is a vehement ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Prigozhin’s stance toward the Kremlin leader is murkier. Even as his fighters moved swiftly toward Moscow on Saturday, Prigozhin did not criticize Putin directly and instead claimed his aim was to oust the Russian defense establishment which he has denounced as corrupt and incompetent, complaining that it undermined his forces fighting in Ukraine.

The Belarus deal removes Prigozhin’s control of Wagner, but it’s unclear whether any of his fighters would follow him to Belarus, either out of a sense of loyalty or due to dismay with being absorbed into the Russian military as contract soldiers.

“These personnel could potentially sign contracts with the MoD on an individual basis, demobilize in Russia … (or) travel to Belarus in some capacity,” the Institute for the Study of War think-tank said in its report on the failed rebellion.

If in Belarus, there would be concerns about whether they could get access to the Russian battlefield nuclear weapons. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia’s security council, was worried about them gaining control of Russian weapons as the uprising roiled on Saturday.

“The world will be put on the brink of destruction,” if Wagnerites obtain nuclear weapons, Medvedev warned.


Republished with permission from The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • Earl Pitts American

    June 25, 2023 at 9:33 am

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  • C. Eastwood

    June 25, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Good morning Earl,
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  • Tom

    June 25, 2023 at 11:38 am

    I think it was an interesting tactical move. Prigozhin does control troops, they will march on Moscow for him and apparently, it’s not a difficult task. There was no need to keep marching because he proved it was easily achievable so the smart thing to do was stop and hangout with Putin’s buddy Lukashenko fracturing that relationship. You can see why these guys are so good at chess. Hopefully it will bring an end to the war and Ukraine can start rebuilding.

  • PeterH

    June 25, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Yevgeny Prigozhin is an international war criminal without a country!

    His days are numbered wallowing away the days in Belarus…….if he even gives himself up at the border.

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