Weakened Putin may be on the way out of power, but will someone worse replace him?

By Jen Krausz on
 June 27, 2023

The attempted military coup of Russia by rebellious Wagner Group soldiers has clearly weakened Russian leader Vladimir Putin and put the future of the war in Ukraine at risk, as Douglas Murray said in a piece for the New York Post.

Murray wrote, "The Russian position now could hardly be worse. The Ukrainian counteroffensive has already begun, and the Ukrainians are fighting an opponent bitterly divided within itself."

The Wagner Group was Russia's advantage in the war, and that is now gone, leaving the stalemate even worse.

Furthermore, the challenge to Putin by Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin is not over, and the outcome of the battle between them is not certain.

But Murray points out that "Prigozhin is just as much of a thug and killer as Putin. Perhaps even more so."

The West has wanted Putin out of power for a number of years now, but its leaders should be careful what they wish for, because whoever ends up succeeding Putin may be even worse than he is.