Contrary to what the Kremlin had initially announced, the leader of Wagner Evgueni Prigojine is still targeted on Monday by an investigation for “call for armed mutiny”.
Yevgeny Prigojine not yet absolved. The leader of the paramilitary group Wagner is still under criminal investigation for his failed rebellion, despite the Kremlin’s announcement of an agreement to drop the charges, Russian news agencies reported on Monday.
“The case has not been closed, the investigation is continuing,” said a source in the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office, quoted by the three main Russian agencies.
The Kremlin said on Saturday evening that Yevgeny Prigojine, under investigation for “calling for armed mutiny”, could leave for Belarus without being prosecuted after the end of his 24-hour rebellion.
Wagner’s soldiers cheered in Rostov
Between Friday evening and Saturday evening, Wagner’s forces seized several military sites in the strategic southwestern city of Rostov and traveled 600 km towards Moscow, meeting visibly little resistance. In Rostov, Yevgeny Prigozhin’s men were even cheered as they left the military headquarters of the war in Ukraine which they had managed to take.
On Saturday evening, however, Wagner’s chief announced that his men were “returning” to their camps to avoid “a bloodbath”, following negotiations with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Source: BFM TV