Russian flyers who disobeyed orders to attack Wagner forces may be caught up in Putin’s dragnet
A cloud of suspicion looms over Russia’s extensive security devices as questions arise regarding how thousands of Russian mercenaries were able to pose a threat to Moscow. The concerns stretch beyond senior officials and generals directly linked to the leader of the coup.
Recent reports suggest that some pilots and airmen are being scrutinized for their refusal to engage the Wagner forces during the uprising, raising questions about their loyalty. This article delves into the repercussions faced by these aviators and the controversial nature of the investigations.
Russian Aviators’ Refusal:
Over the weekend, Russian warplanes targeted the advancing Wagner Group mercenaries in an attempt to halt their progress.
However, it has been disclosed by credible milbloggers that some pilots and airmen are now under investigation for their disobedience in carrying out the order to fire.
The bloggers state that these individuals expressed concerns that their attacks could cause collateral damage to civilian vehicles close. Unfortunately, the names of these airmen and their specific assignments have not been disclosed.
Border Guard Investigations:
Additionally, Russian border guards who allowed the Wagner columns to pass through their checkpoint without resistance are also under investigation.
It appears that these guards opted not to confront a larger, better-armed force, a decision that would likely have been a suicidal attempt. The extent of their involvement and the reasons behind their actions are subjects of ongoing scrutiny.
As Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to regain control in the aftermath of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s armed revolt, numerous individuals are being questioned, including senior military commander Gen. Sergei Surovikin. Gen. Surovikin has ties to Wagner and allegedly had prior knowledge of the mutiny led by Prigozhin.
Controversy Surrounding the Investigations:
The investigations into lower-ranking officers have sparked controversy. Despite Wagner’s fighters downing several helicopters and a command aircraft, resulting in the deaths of at least 13 troops, including all 10 airmen aboard an Il-22 airborne command plane, the FSB state security service closed the criminal case against Prigozhin and his matinees.
They were allowed to leave Russia and seek refuge in neighboring Belarus under an agreement aimed at preventing further violence, a decision approved by Putin. This differential treatment has left military bloggers dissatisfied and raised questions about the selective application of criminal law.
Voices of Dissent:
In the military blogging community, concerns are mounting over the uneven handling of the situation. A milblogger pondered whether officers who prevented bloodshed should be saved from the selective enforcement of criminal law if the case against Prigozhin and other participants in the rebellion has been closed and they have been pardoned.
Another blogger emphasized the hypocrisy of prosecuting Russian aircrews while granting impunity to the “main rebel,” Prigozhin, for his role in the mutiny.
Reports suggest that Putin has discussed assassinating Prigozhin and that the Wagner founder is under investigation for embezzlement by the Russian government.
Nevertheless, Prigozhin currently enjoys safety in Belarus, although his exact whereabouts remain unknown.