Wagner, the Russian mercenary brigade challenging Putin

The analysis of the British 007: “Russian military passive in the face of the advance” of the group

A private military company, a group of paramilitaries, a brigade made up of mercenaries. Lots of descriptions Wagner group headed by leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, in revolt against Moscow and Vladimir Putin. Armed with the most modern military technologies, deployed to support the Russian official army, soldiers who have won a leading role in Putin’s special military operation and who, now, are revolting, launching the challenge to the Kremlin after an escalation of tensions.

At the head of the approximately 6,000 men, ‘Putin’s chef’ Prigozhin, owner of a hotel and some restaurants. Among the latter, that of St. Petersburg, today the subject of a raid by the security forces that also entered the Wagner Centre, headquarters and a technology center officially opened in November 2022.

L’The debut of the Wagner group, founded in 2014, dates back to the war in Donbass in the same year in support of the separatist forces of the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donesk and Lugansk. But they are several conflicts where the brigade has had an active rolesuch as the civil wars in Libya and Syria, the second civil war in the Central African Republic, the war in Mali and, therefore, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the last chapter – at least for now – of an almost ten-year relationship with the Ministry of Russian defense.


“With very limited evidence of fighting between Wagner and Russian security forces, it is believed some likely remained passive, acquiescing” to the advance of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s mercenaries. This is what we read in the analysis by British military intelligence on what it calls “the most significant challenge to the Russian state in recent times”.

“In an operation defined by Prigozhin ‘the march of freedom’, Wagner’s forces crossed the Ukrainian border into Russia in at least two locations – continues the analysis – in Rostov-on-Don they almost certainly occupied crucial security sites, “including the headquarters that manages military operations in Ukraine. Other units are moving north through Vorenezh Oblast, almost certainly aiming for Moscow.”

“In the coming hours – he concludes – the loyalty of the Russian security forces, in particular of the Russian national guard, will be crucial in determining the development of the crisis”.