What will replace Russia’s Wagner mercenary army? (Al Jazeera)

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    What will replace Russia’s Wagner mercenary army? – By Mansur Mirovalev (Al Jazeera) / Aug 28, 2023

    The powerful private military company is already being torn apart by Russia’s military, intelligence services, and state-run corporations financed by Kremlin allies or oligarchs.

    Kyiv, Ukraine – The Kremlin says it is at odds about the future of the Wagner Group, Russia’s largest and most notorious private military company.

    “I can’t tell you anything now, I don’t know. Legally, no such structure exists,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday, two days after Wagner’s head Yevgeny Prigozhin and his top brass died in a plane crash that Western officials claim was caused by an explosion.

    But observers tell Al Jazeera that Wagner’s battle-tested fighters are too valuable to just be disbanded and let go.

    What and who is left of Wagner is already being torn apart by Russia’s military, intelligence services, state-run corporations and private military companies (PMCs) financed by Kremlin allies or oligarchs – and even Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko may get his share.

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