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Raisi expresses support for Putin over Wagner insurrection: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday held a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi who expressed support for the actions of the Russian leadership in connection with recent events involving the Wagner Group private military company, the Kremlin announced.

Putin held a telephone conversation with Raisi, the Kremlin press service reported on Monday.

“The Iranian president expressed his full support for the Russian leadership in connection with the events of June 24,” the statement said.

On the evening of June 23, several audio recordings were posted on Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Telegram channel. He particularly claimed that his units had come under attack, which he blamed on the country’s military authorities. The Federal Security Service (FSB) launched a criminal probe into calls for armed mutiny. The Russian Defense Ministry slammed the allegations of a strike on the PMC Wagners “rear camps” as fake news. The PMC units that supported Prigozhin headed to Rostov-on-Don and toward Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a televised address to the nation on Saturday, described the Wagner group’s actions as armed mutiny and betrayal, vowing to take tough measures against the mutineers.

Later on Saturday, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, in coordination with Putin, held talks with Prigozhin resulting in the PMC turning its units around and returning to field camps. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that a criminal case against the Wagner chief would be dropped, while Prigozhin himself would go to Belarus. Besides, the Russian authorities pledged not to prosecute those at PMC Wagner who took part in the mutiny because of their “frontline merits.”

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