Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has officially announced the termination of the criminal investigation into the mutiny led by the Wagner private military company. This move comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin granted immunity to the participants of the insurrection, which was orchestrated by Wagner chief Evgeny Prigozhin. The investigation was initiated on Friday of last week when Prigozhin ordered Wagner forces to advance towards major Russian cities with the intention of replacing senior military figures. However, the revolt was swiftly halted the following day through a negotiated agreement mediated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Resolution of the Investigation
The FSB has stated that their investigation has determined that the participants ceased their activities aimed at carrying out the crime on June 24. The investigative body, considering this information along with other pertinent circumstances, decided on June 27 to conclude the criminal investigation, as reported by their press service on Tuesday.
Putin’s Address to the Nation
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation on Monday, expressing gratitude to Russian society for demonstrating unity during the brief period of turmoil. Regarding the fate of the Wagner troops, he described the majority of them as “patriots, dedicated to their people and country” who had been deceived into participating in the rebellion. Putin emphasized that the force had stopped just before significant bloodshed occurred.
Opportunities for Wagner Troops
Putin extended an offer to the Wagner troops, presenting them with two options to continue serving their country. They could sign contracts with the Defense Ministry or one of the nation’s law enforcement agencies, or they could retire without facing any punishment. The Russian leader assured those who chose neither option that they were free to accompany Prigozhin to Belarus, reiterating that his government had no intention of prosecuting either the leader of the mutiny or the loyal troops.
With the Russian security agency concluding the investigation into the Wagner mutiny, the incident appears to have reached a resolution. Putin’s address to the nation expressed appreciation for the unity displayed by Russian society and highlighted the intention to provide opportunities for the Wagner troops to continue serving their country or retire without repercussions. As the situation settles, the focus now shifts to the next steps taken by the former mutineers and the broader implications of this significant event in Russia’s military landscape.