For Putin and Russia, Wagner’s Outspoken Boss Is Becoming a Problem

For Putin and Russia, Wagner’s Outspoken Boss Is Becoming a Problem
Yevgeny Prigozhin attends the funeral of a Wagner group fighter who died in Ukraine, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Dec. 24, 2022 (Kommersant/Sipa photo by Aleksey Smagin via AP Images).

Vladimir Putin has worked diligently to thwart any threat to his rule from liberal critics, using intimidation and exile to clear his left flank. The real threat to his hold on power, and to the cohesion of the Russian state, now comes from active and outspoken players on the far right with their own battle-hardened militias.

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