Putin’s former ‘puppet master’ urges an end to mercenary groups like Wagner

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Putin’s former ‘puppet master’ urges an end to mercenary groups like Wagner

On Monday, Vladislav Surkov, President Vladimir Putin’s former chief strategist, called for an end to mercenary groups in Russia following a mutiny by Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner militia. Surkov cautioned that these groups interfered with the chain of command and risked turning Russia into “some kind of Eurasian tribal zone.” He argued that private military companies were an idea imported from the U.S. and created to engage in proxy wars. Surkov, who left the Kremlin in 2020, said that a military unit being private was completely inconsistent with Russian political, managerial, and military culture. He added that such groups divided the command of the armed forces as Russia fought what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” (SVO) in Ukraine. Surkov said, “Why do we need them today when we are openly participating in the battle for Ukraine? This is not a proxy war, this is the SVO.” He emphasized that the army must be strengthened not only with weapons but also with unity of command.

Surkov helped Putin forge his tightly controlled political system as the first deputy chief of the Kremlin administration from 1999 to 2011. He then worked in the government and later returned to the Kremlin as an adviser to Putin. Surkov cast Prigozhin as an “oligarch,” detailing the mercenary’s criminal past in St Petersburg. In 1981, Prigozhin was sentenced to 13 years in jail for robbery and assault, including choking a woman until she lost consciousness, according to court documents from the time. Surkov said, “That’s all you need to know about Prigozhin.”

Prigozhin said on Monday that a one-day mutiny by his Wagner force had been intended not to overthrow Russia’s government but to register a protest over what he said was its ineffectual conduct of the war in Ukraine. Last month, Prigozhin said his nickname “Putin’s chef” was stupid as he could not cook, quipping that “Putin’s butcher” might be more apt.

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