Russian President Putin on rebellion

June 24, 2023
Russia

This is a stab in the back of our country and our people.

Russian President in a national address after a reported rebellion of his key paramilitary force, the Wagner Group.

Why It Matters: "The crisis unfolding in Russia represents the most serious challenge to Putin's 23-year rule – a direct consequence of the strains put on Russian society and armed forces by the war that he unleashed against Ukraine in February last year." (The Wall Street Journal, Saturday, June 24, 2023).

What we can glean from reports: Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin argues Putin has too betrayed his own people, lying about the war in Ukraine and the numbers of dead to the Russian people.

Context: With few journalists on the ground in Russia, and information coming quickly, we are reminded to proceed cautiously, especially informed by our interviews with journalist David Satter, who has reported extensively on Putin.

Listen to his interviews HERE.

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by Jenna Lee,

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