Yeltsin's tank speech in 1991. (a video capture)

Prigozhin’s Rubicon Moment?

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Yevgeny Prigozhin is no Ceasar, nor Yeltsin – and Vladimir Putin is not Pompeius the Great. History never repeats itself, but Yeltsin and Caesar did manifest themselves as saviours of the republic and defenders of the citizen. But in the end, they both crushed democracy, regardless of their original intentions. 

By Jaakko Puuperä, Editor-in-Chief of Nordic Defence Review

Wagner troops in Rostov, Russia. (Source: Denys Davidov’s Telegram Channel)

Internal crises and civil wars are very hard to control. Is crossing the river Don for Prigozhin as crossing the Rubicon for Caesar? Passing a point of no return? it takes five days to march with mechanized troops from Don to Moscow – even without any resistance. Five days is the time window that Prigozhin has.

Is his fate the same as general Lav Kornilov’s during the Russian civil war and Colonel von Stauffenberg’s in WW2? Kornilov was killed by a shell fire of the reds. Later, the bolsheviks opened his grave, dragged his corpse to the main square and burned his remains on the local rubbish dump. Colonel von Stauffenberg’s coup attempt ended grimly, too.

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