Russia opens criminal case against Wagner Group chief after calls for armed mutiny

Russian authorities have opened a criminal probe against Wagner Group owner Yevgeny Prigozhin over his threats to oust the country’s defense minister.

The situation: Prigozhin accused Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu of ordering a rocket strike on Wagner’s field camps in Ukraine, where its soldiers are fighting on behalf of Russia against Ukrainian forces.
* In response, Prigozhin stated that his troops would move to punish Shoigu and advised the army not to resist, calling it a “march of justice.”

Criminal inquiry: The National Anti-Terrorism Committee opened a criminal inquiry on charges of making calls for a military coup.
* The Russian Defense Ministry rejected Prigozhin’s claims.

Kremlin response: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed President Vladimir Putin has been informed of the situation and stated that “all the necessary measures were being taken.”

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