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The Wagner Mutiny 

The Wagner Mutiny
The Wagner Mutiny

In News: The Wagner Mutiny

  • Yevgeny Prigozhin, the chief of Russia’s Wagner Private Military Company, staged a short lived mutiny against the country’s defence establishment.
  • On June 24, the Russian mercenary chief Prigozhin announced that Wagner Group’s troops have taken control of Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia.
  • He also launched a march of justice, with a convoy of armed men and armoured vehicles, towards Moscow. This rebellion was later called off.


What Is Wagner Group

  • The Wagner Group first surfaced during Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
  • Essentially a network of contractors that supply soldiers for hire, the group isn’t registered anywhere and its source of funding remains unknown.
    • The organisation’s owner and head is Yevgeny Prigozhin.
  • Apart from Ukraine, Wagner Group is reportedly also active in West Asia and several countries in Africa.
    • When Putin decided to invade Ukraine in 2022, Prigozhin and his Wagner Group was at the heart of Russian operations.
    • As the Russian advance stalled, the Wagner’s manpower became increasingly important.
    • The organisation was accused of being involved in the massacres, rape, and torture of civilians in Ukraine’s Bucha that took place in March 2022.
    • According to media reports, it provides its services to different governments often in exchange for access to gold and diamond mines.

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