On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that any effort to blackmail or incite unrest in Russia would not succeed following a rebellion that shook his long-standing rule.
In a televised address, Putin highlighted the unity among civilians, demonstrating that blackmail and attempts to instigate internal chaos were destined to be unsuccessful.
Putin issued a warning, stating that members of the Wagner private military company, who participated in the armed revolt, had the choice to either join the military or depart for Belarus.
He said, “Today, you can continue serving Russia by entering into a contract with the Ministry of Defense or other law enforcement agencies, or you can choose to return to your family and loved ones… Whoever desires can go to Belarus.”
Expressing gratitude, Putin commended his security officials for their efforts during the rebellion. The meeting, attended by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, a primary target of the mutiny, marked Shoigu’s first public appearance since the incident. However, the Kremlin’s released meeting footage did not show Moscow’s top general, Valery Gerasimov, whom the Wagner fighters also aimed to remove from power.