Anti-war Russians in Turkey closely followed the Wagner group’s recent mutiny in Russia and expressed concerns about what comes next.
Driving the news: The Wagner mercenary group staged a mutiny and marched to Moscow, threatening President Vladimir Putin’s government before calling it off less than 24 hours later.
* A deal was made, and charges of mutiny against Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner Group, were dropped as he went to Belarus.
Reactions to the events: Russians in Istanbul expressed concern that the situation could lead to increased repressive measures in Russia.
* They fear life may get tougher for their family and friends in Moscow.
* Some hoped that the mutiny might encourage other armed groups to unite and bring down Putin’s regime.
Impact on Putin’s image: Russians who spoke with NPR agreed that Putin appears more weakened now than ever before, despite the mutiny being called off.
* There is a sense that it may only be a matter of time before unrest begins again.
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