Let’s Talk About Yevgeny Prigozhin…

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by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

When Yevgeny Prigozhin launched his short-lived rebellion, many in the western media were describing it as a “coup”.  But the truth is that Prigozhin did not intend to try to overthrow Vladimir Putin.  He just wanted his seat at the table back.  Being in Vladimir Putin’s good graces had turned Prigozhin into an exceedingly wealthy man over the years, but now everything was changing.  Prigozhin was in danger of losing everything that he had worked to build, and the final straw was a decision to break up the Wagner Group and absorb those troops into the Russian military.  Prigozhin realized that he was being sidelined, and so in a desperate attempt to get some leverage he hatched an ill-fated plan to kidnap Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and General Valery Gerasimov.  Unfortunately for Prigozhin, they learned of his scheme in advance, and their travel plans were changed.  When he realized that his scheme had failed, Prigozhin was willing to make a deal, because ultimately he didn’t want to see his fighters slaughtered in a pointless conflict.

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Before becoming world famous as the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin was making tremendous amounts of money as a caterer.

He had been given extremely lucrative contracts to provide food for the Moscow school system and for Russian military bases, and that gave him a position among Russia’s elite.

Of course running the Wagner Group has been a tremendous source of wealth for Prigozhin as well.  In fact, his two businesses had combined to bring in nearly 2 billion dollars in revenue over the past year…

President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday the finances of Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s catering firm would be investigated after his mutiny, saying Wagner and its founder had received almost $2 billion from Russia in the past year.

Unfortunately for Prigozhin, in recent months he started to fall out of favor.

He had been recruiting fighters for the Wagner Group in prisons all over Russia, but the government put a stop to that.

Now the Russian military is recruiting in those prisons, and that absolutely infuriated Prigozhin.

Another thing that greatly upset Prigozhin was when his good friend General Sergei Surovikin was replaced as the top commander of operations in Ukraine by General Valery Gerasimov.

Prigozhin always had a lot of respect for Surovikin, but he utterly detests Gerasimov.

Since then, tensions between Prigozhin and Russian military brass just continued to rise, and that led to a fateful decision on June 10th.

On that date, it was announced that all soldiers in the Wagner Group would be required to sign a contact with the Russian military by July 1st.

Essentially, the plan was for the Wagner Group to be absorbed and Prigozhin realized that he would be losing his private army.

He appealed to Putin, but Putin sided with the military brass.

That was the final straw for Prigozhin, and so he hatched a plan to kidnap Gerasimov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in a desperate attempt to get some leverage on Putin.

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