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UK intelligence suggests Surovikin was sidelined after Wagner mutiny

Wednesday, 12 July 2023, 09:30

From the public appearance of Russian top officials, UK intelligence suggests that General Surovikin, who is close to the head of the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC), was really pushed into the background after the rebellion.

Source: This is stated in the intelligence review of the UK Ministry of Defence about the Russian-Ukrainian war of 12 July, writes European Pravda

Details: The review emphasises that on 10 July, Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation, recently appeared on television for the first time after the Wagner rebellion. They also showed how Gerasimov was briefed by the chief of staff of the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Viktor Afzalov. He has held this position for at least four years, but he was first shown publicly alongside Gerasimov. In addition, he is a subordinate of Surovikin, who heads the Russian Aerospace Forces.

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"Azfalov’s increased public profile, while Surovikin’s whereabouts remains unclear, adds further weight to the hypothesis that Suroviking has been sidelined following the mutiny," analysts claim.

According to German media, Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) was able to gain access to conversations between the leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the mutiny in the Russian Federation at the end of June.

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