General Surovikin released from custody, New York Times

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General Surovikin released from custody, – New York Times

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the Russian authorities freed General Serhii Surovykin, who was detained after the mutiny of the mercenary leader of the “Wagner” PvC. Evgenia Prigozhina in June. This is reported by The New York Times, which received information from two anonymous American officials and a person close to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

General Serhiy Surovikin, who was considered an ally of Prigozhin and who received the nickname “General Armageddon” for his brutal tactics in Syria, disappeared from sight in June after the mercenary leader and members of his group "wagner" opposed the Russian military leadership.

American officials claim that the general knew about the mutiny in advance, and a few hours after it began, Russian authorities released a video of Surovikin, looking uncertain, calling on the “Wagner” mercenaries ; retreat.

U.S. officials said that while General Surovikin appears to have been released from custody, it remains unclear whether any restrictions on his movement or other restrictions imposed by Russian authorities remain in place.

General Surovikin has been released days after Prigozhin died in a plane crash late last month, a person close to Russia's defense ministry said on condition of anonymity, as did US officials.

The general has retained his rank for now and is technically still an officer, but he no longer has any career prospects, the anonymous source said. Last month, Russian state news reported that General Surovikin had been officially removed as head of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

On Monday, September 4, General Surovikin appeared for the first time since the June mutiny in a photo published in social networks by a news outlet managed by Ksenia Sobchak. In the photo, the general in civilian clothes, wearing dark glasses, a hat and a button-down shirt is walking down the street with his wife. It is difficult to understand the location from the photo.

General Sergey Surovikin left. Alive, healthy, at home, with his family, in Moscow.

Aleksii Venediktov, who headed the liberal radio station “Echo of Moscow” until the Kremlin shut it down last year, wrote late Monday night that General Surovikin was at home with his family.

General Surovikin is at home with his family. On leave and at the disposal of the Ministry of Defense.

Prepared by Serhii Daga