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Prigozhin may have stopped the attack on Moscow because of threats to the families of the heads of the "Wagner" PMC, but this is not the only reason - The Telegraph

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Putin has not been seen in public since he addressed the nation

Evgeny Prigozhin may have stopped the attack on Moscow because of the threats of the Russian security services to the families of the heads of PMC Wagner. But this is probably not the only reason.

This is reported by The Telegraph, citing sources in the British security service. Another reason was the fact that the mercenaries numbered only 8,000 fighters, instead of the declared 25,000, and would probably be defeated in any attempt to capture the Russian capital.

Now Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin, according to sources, will try to assimilate the soldiers of the Wagner group into the Russian army and eliminate its former leaders.

This gives a clue as to why Prigozhin cancelled his mutinous march on Moscow on Saturday just hours before the terrorist country arrived in the capital.

Speculation remains as to what, if any, formal deal was struck. The Kremlin said Saturday that Prigozhin would go to Belarus in exchange for a pardon on treason charges.

There has been no comment from Prigozhin on the offer. It also remains unclear whether Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will be demoted or fired, as demanded by the Wagner founder.

On Sunday, Russian MP Andrei Gurulev, a prominent Kremlin propagandist, stated that "there is no other way out" than to execute Prigozhin and another prominent Wagnerian figure.

Putin has not been seen in public since he addressed the nation on Saturday morning, but on Sunday, state television broadcast a pre-recorded interview filmed earlier last week.

In the interview, Putin expressed confidence in the plans for what he continues to call a "special military operation" in Ukraine.

Analysts say the distraction of the attempted coup by Prigozhin may have weakened Russia's front line.

The Kremlin has not withdrawn any units to protect Moscow from Wagner fighters, but Prigozhin has urged regular army soldiers to defect.

As OBOZREVATEL reported:

- On June 24, Prigozhin's Wagner PMC "captured" Rostov, passed the Voronezh region and reached Elets in the Lipetsk region. There the "march to Moscow" was stopped: Prigozhin announced the return of mercenaries to "field camps" allegedly because they did not want "to shed Russian blood". The columns turned back, and late in the evening the Wagnerians rolled up their military equipment and left Rostov.

- Within a day, Wagner destroyed an aircraft and six helicopters with crews, and at least 13 pilots were eliminated in total. In addition, there were ten Russian servicemen in the downed plane.

- Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that agreements had been reached with the mercenaries, under which the criminal case against Prigozhin would be closed and he would go to Belarus. Later, RosSMI reported that the case against Prigozhin was not closed.

- Prigozhin himself said he was satisfied with his "march," although he had not reached the goals he'd stated. "It's okay, everyone was cheered up," he stated.

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