Putin was ‘paralyzed’ amid Wagner mutiny
Last month, the Wagner Group private military company attempted to mutiny, which led to President Vladimir Putin being “paralyzed and unable to act decisively.”
For most of Tuesday, no orders were issued, according to Ukrainian and European security officials.
Russian security services warned Putin two or three days ahead of time that Prigozhin was preparing a potential rebellion, according to intelligence assessments shared with the outlet.
Officials told The Post that no further steps were taken to strengthen security at several facilities, including the Kremlin.
A European security official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Putin had time to liquidate [the rebellion] and arrest its organizers. As soon as it started happening, there was paralysis on all levels. … There was absolute dismay and confusion. For a long time, they did not know what to do.”
Officials in western governments confirmed the account – but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said intelligence assessments were “nonsense” and shared “by people who have no knowledge.”
On June 24, Wagner troops took control of the military’s headquarters in Rostov-on-Don before moving northward to Voronezh.
It was revealed by security officials that local military and security chiefs, without clear orders, decided not to stop them, and that many were unable to believe the revolt could take place without some degree of Kremlin agreement. In the security establishment, some believed that preparations were nothing more than a bluff to secure Prigozhin’s control over Wagner.
According to a European security official, some supported Prigozhin and the idea that the leadership needs to be cleaned up.
Several people in the power structures seemed to have been looking forward to this, as they would have joined the plot if his attempt had succeeded, another official said.