The mutiny in Russia may be over. But it still damages Putin

The mutiny by Russia’s Wagner Group has ended, but the damage to President Putin’s image remains significant.

Mutiny details: Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner Group, claimed control of Russia’s military headquarters in Rostov-on-Don and led forces towards Moscow in a perceived coup attempt.
* Prigozhin eventually commanded his forces to return to their bases.

Impact on Putin: Analysts say Putin’s authority has been challenged and weakened, leading to a potentially more repressive regime at home.
* Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, believes the mutiny raises doubts about Putin’s ability to govern effectively.

Future implications: It is uncertain what will happen to Prigozhin and Wagner, but some believe they may be disbanded or assimilated into the conventional armed forces.
* Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace thinks Putin remains tactically smart despite the temporary damage to his image.

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