by Frances Martel, Breitbart:
The Moscow Times, among several other outlets, reported on Wednesday that top Russian General Sergei Surovikin has apparently been missing since Saturday – and may have been arrested in the aftermath of the aborted Wagner Group mutiny against the Defense Ministry this weekend.
Surovikin is reportedly close to the head of the Wagner mercenary group, Evgeny Prigozhin, who announced a march into Moscow on Friday night in an apparent attempt to oust Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Prigozhin made it into the strategically vital city of the Defense Ministry of Rostov-on-Don before marching towards Moscow with thousands of fighters.
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On Saturday night, he abruptly announced the mutiny over as a result of a deal brokered by communist Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko. At press time, Prigozhin is believed to be in Minsk and the government of strongman Vladimir Putin has agreed not to charge him with staging an armed uprising.
Surovikin was formerly in charge of Russian operations in Ukraine from October to January. Putin launched a “special operation” to oust Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in February 2022 but had attempted to colonize for nearly a decade prior. Some reports, including from the U.K. Guardian, indicated that Russian officials had reason to believe Surovikin may have supported Prigozhin’s uprising prior to his disappearance.