Wagner PMC’s founder Yevgeniy Prigozhin hoped that everyone would support him and the Russian authorities would back down, while the Russian authorities thought that they had full control over Prigozhin, political scientist, philosopher, and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan said on June 30 on the air of the Conversation with a Sage program on the radio Zvezda.
“Prigozhin thought that as soon as he got his way, everyone would start joining him, the authorities would be frightened and run away, the authorities thought they had possessed a full control of him. The both parties miscalculated! This situation [failed military coup in Russia – translator’s note] emerged as a result of these mistakes,” the political analyst said.
According to him, if Russian President Vladimir Putin had shown the slightest hesitation and if the political system had not supported him, Prigozhin would have continued.
“He stopped when he realized that the whole political system supported Putin, including the Patriarch and other church representatives, one of whom spoke very impressively on live television. No one defected to his side [Prigozhin – Rossa Primavera News Agency]. The military units maintained their neutrality, which raises many questions, but the army didn’t go over to the side of the ‘rebellious people’,” said Kurginyan.
According to the political scientist, Prigozhin realized that he had lost with respect to his original plan, that it was a false start, and he realized this when he saw Putin’s eyes. Kurginyan stressed that he does not understand those who wonder why the leader of the state actually pardoned people who were called rebels.
“I want to ask everyone who poses such a question, what they wanted. Naturally, speaking honestly. They wanted some units loyal to the president to start exterminating thousands of supporters of this Wagner, who were heroically fighting Ukraine before. Can we imagine something like this?” Kurginyan questioned.
“Did somebody want this? No one understands how it would have been perceived by society, no one understands the extent to which even some momentary jubilation would have been replaced by delayed disgust? But, it‘s obvious,” he added.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency