The murder of WAGNER Group boss Yevgeny Prigozhin was only the beginning of a “humiliated and weak” bloody purge of Putin, Putin’s “main enemy” Bill Bowder warned.
The Russian warlord is believed to be dead after his private plane was shot down in the sky from 28,000 feet on Wednesday.
Initial reports said the plane was shot down by a missile attack, but it now seems more likely that an explosion aboard the Embraer Legacy 600 caused the catastrophic crash.
The West believes the tyrant leader ordered the assassination of his former aide exactly two months after he was branded a “traitor” over a failed coup attempt.
Browder – a US-born British financier and political activist who has been dubbed “Putin’s number one enemy” for his efforts to expose Vlad – told The Sun that he also believes the assassination was orchestrated by the tyrant leader be.
“I think that from Putin’s point of view it was absolutely necessary to rid himself of the disrespect that Prigozhin showed him by staging an armed uprising,” he added.
But Bowder warned that if Putin was behind Prigozhin’s death, he could be in serious trouble.
“By killing Prigozhin, he has a lot of other people whom he doesn’t know if they are loyal to him or have similar disloyal aspirations,” he said.
Regardless, Bowden doesn’t think Putin’s bloody purge will stop at the Wagner leader.
That makes Prigozhin the latest to join the staggering list of at least 40 high-profile deaths linked to the Russian leader.
“Generally speaking, in a situation like this, where there has been an effective coup attempt, the dictator will purge anyone who had any connection to the coup,” Bowder warned coldly.
“I don’t think Prigozhin is the last dead body in Putin’s efforts to reestablish himself. I think Putin will go after anyone else who stays loyal to Prigozhin because it’s his only chance to make sure there aren’t “a bunch of traitors in his mix”.
The way Putin has controlled Russia over the past two decades has been to warn that anyone who challenges him or shows disloyalty to him will “suffer a horrible death,” according to the political activist.
That feeling has grown among Russia’s elite since the assassination of Prigozhin, and Bowder believes this gives Putin an edge to show his strength while people are beginning to fear that if they challenge him, they may be next.
“I am sure that Putin will also take care of these people and by the end of this whole process will have made it clear that he is still the boss,” Browder said.
But these heightened emotions will also have been reflected within the Wagner PMC, when Putin’s biggest enemy hinted that they could take pre-emptive action to kill people on the other side and warned that “the bodies were piling up”.
Still, Browder believes the tyrant will never admit to killing his former employee.
“Putin’s standard procedure is to commit horrible crimes, leave plausible denials, but make it clear to everyone that he committed those crimes so he can ensure that the crime is a means of enforcing discipline,” he explained.
This comes after Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former British Army officer, told The Sun that if Putin was behind the killing, he had just “signed his death warrant”.
“He has angered the two most powerful groups in Russia – the oligarchs who keep him in power and the most effective fighting force Putin has ever fielded, the Wagner group.”
To paraphrase Wagner: “These people are used to getting a lot of money to carry out the will of Prigozhin,” he said.
“Now there will be a vacuum.”
Prigozhin’s Embraer Legacy 600 business jet mysteriously crashed to the ground on Wednesday afternoon, leaving ten dead.
Clips showed the plane spiraling toward the ground from an altitude of 28,000 feet, with smoke billowing from the fuselage.
Because the white plane appeared to be falling out of the sky, it was suspected that it had been shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
However, speculation on Russian social media claims that a bomb may have been on board Prigozhin’s jet, which inevitably brought it down.
Rumors on Telegram claimed that a cargo of “expensive wine” was loaded on board the plane just minutes before takeoff.
Leaked footage also showed the plane being shown to “potential buyers” on Wednesday – just hours before it was destroyed.
According to Telegram channel VChK-OGPU, which has ties to law enforcement agencies, it was a security breach at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.
“To get her to a safe area and then on board [potential] “Buyers were declared as passengers on the flight,” the broadcaster said.
Although they were not passengers, they had access to the plane for about an hour from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the day of the crash.
But on Friday, the Kremlin denied any involvement in the plane crash.
Speculations that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an attack on Prigozhin are “an absolute lie,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said early Friday, Russian state media reported.