WLadimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, has some cleaning up to do. Less than two weeks have passed since Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner mercenary organization, began his uprising. Prigozhin marched on Moscow with his troops and shortly thereafter agreed with the Kremlin to withdraw. The operation, which Prigozhin dubbed the “March for Justice,” was Putin’s biggest direct challenge during his 23-year rule.
Although the immediate threat from the Wagner boss appears to have passed, Putin must now contend with the latent threat from Prigozhin’s allies entrenched in Russia’s extensive security and military bureaucracy.