Early indications of a Russian uprising were seen by US spy agencies.

In Washington US media reported on Saturday that US espionage agencies had detected clues that mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin was getting ready to rebel against Russia’s defence system days earlier.

Before the upheaval in nuclear-armed Russia really happened, intelligence officials warned the White House, the Pentagon, and Capitol Hill about its possibility. Midway through June, spy services first started keeping an eye out for signs that Prigozhin and his Wagner mercenary group were planning to attack the Russian military hierarchy.

The Times reported that by mid-week, the material was both reliable and disturbing, which caused the frenzy of briefings. Prigozhin’s men crossed from their camps in Ukraine into Russia on Friday in an uprising that unfolded with breathtaking speed. They then grabbed control of a regional military command in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don before moving towards Moscow.

The march was unexpectedly stopped on Saturday, and according to Russian state media, Wagner’s soldiers would retire to Ukraine while Prigozhin would head to Belarus, a neighbouring nation. The armed march participants from the Wagner group would not be subject to prosecution, according to the Kremlin. Prigozhin would also not be.

Concerned about anarchy in a nation with a potent nuclear weapons, US intelligence officers tracked down evidence that Prigozhin was plotting military action. US intelligence agencies think that at least a day before his uprising, Putin was made aware that Prigozhin, a former close buddy, was planning it.

As his ragtag men led the expensive battles for meagre gains in eastern Ukraine, Prigozhin had been embroiled in a heated months-long power struggle with the defence ministry. He had earlier charged Moscow’s “monstrous bureaucracy” of stifling advancement and claimed that the Russian military was attempting to “steal” Wagner’s triumphs.

Additionally, he pointed the finger squarely at Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and other top officials for the deaths of his fighters, stating Moscow had not supplied enough ammo. Contrary to Russia’s generals, who have come under fire for skipping engagements, the bald and stocky Prigozhin frequently takes selfies with mercenaries who are purportedly on the front lines.

Three journalists were slain in an ambush in July 2018 while investigating Wagner’s activities in the Central African Republic for an investigative media source. In a move that led France to decide to stop a nearly ten-year military involvement in Mali, Western nations have accused the private fighting company of assisting the military junta there.

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