Sergei Surovikin is known to have a good relationship with the leader of the paramilitary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin
Sergei Surovikin, one of the top generals of the Russian army, was arrested on Wednesday (June 28, 2023). The arrest comes as the Kremlin cracks down on the paramilitary group’s allies. Wagnerresponsible for organize a rebellion against Russia’s military leadership this past weekend. The information is from Financial Times It’s from The Moscow Times.
Surovikin is known to have a good relationship with the leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin. The Russian Ministry of Defense has yet to comment on the case. The general has not been seen in public since Saturday (June 24).
Surovikin is known as “General Armageddon” for his brutal bombing tactics in Syria. He was seconded, in 2022, to administer Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This year, he began serving as a trustee for the Wagner Group paramilitary contingent that was fighting on the front lines in eastern Ukraine.
After the conflict escalated into an armed rebellion last weekend, Surovikin made a brief statement calling on Wagner Group fighters to lay down their arms, then disappeared.
UNDERSTAND THE CASE
O Grupo Wagner started on Friday (23.jun) a rebellion. At the time, Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed in a published video that the Russian Ministry of Defense was deceiving Russian President Vladimir Putin and the country’s population.
The head of the Wagner Group said there was still no reason for the Kremlin to invade Ukraine, as neither Kiev nor NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) threatened to attack Russia. Prigozhin declared that the aim of the war is to distribute Ukraine’s natural and industrial resources to the Russian elite.
Prigozhin accused the Ministry of Defense of having bombed a camp of the group positioned in the front of the war with Ukraine. In response, the paramilitary group took control of the city of Rostov-on-Don, close to the border with Ukraine, and promised to march on Moscow to remove from power the government that it classified as “liar, corrupt and bureaucrat”.
On Saturday (June 24), Russia established an anti-terrorist protocol in the Russian capital region. The government also set up roadblocks to make it difficult for the mercenary group to pass through.
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