In the interests of full disclosure, I cannot say that I am an impartial observer when it comes to Wagner. I have met with Wagner fighters and leaders, and I have been deeply impressed with the organization’s professionalism, especially when it comes to military matters. I never met with Prigozhin, and as such, cannot comment on him from a personal perspective. I’m sure my words will touch a nerve with many in the Wagner organization. But my assessments are honestly held and derived from the same foundation of integrity that put me on their radar in the first place.
I’m pretty familiar with the Russian diaspora. I’m also pretty familiar with Russia and Russians. I don’t see the connection you’re trying to make.
A lot of news recently has been repetitive but this article is full of new and interesting news especially about Prigozhin who seems to me to have been a power-hungry lunatic. I am appalled that Ritter, obviously because he upset the serial liars, has been censored and hope he finds his way back. He is a favorite reporter of mine.
I very much doubt that Putin would have taken Prigozhin out that way, by blowing up a plane and killing 10 people, including a 3-person crew, while the BRICS summit was going on. I agree with Scott's assessment that this wasn't Putin's work. Western mainstream news loves blaming everything on Putin to the point where it's just a Pavlovian response. Something happened? Blame Putin. I'm surprised Putin hasn't been blamed for the fires in Maui. Oh, wait, he probaBly has been. There were MANY who had motive and capability, if this was in fact an assassination and not a terrible accident because of incorrectly stowed ordnance. I would put Ukraine and its Western collaborators at the top of that list, especially considering that the plane was shot down on the eve of Ukrainian Independence Day.
If Putin is a killer, as Biden declares, what does that mean for Biden, who orchestrated the Maidan coup, which perpetuated the Ukraine war with Russia, sending countless Ukrainian Russians to their death with bombings from Washington's supported Nazi killers in Kiev for 8 years before Moscow intervened to stop the indiscriminate murders?
Another great post, typical Scott Ritter. The powers that be will be unable to silence you.
Thank you Scott for that deep and detailed analysis, and you assessment of future prospects. Your knowledge and insights on these matters are unparalleled.
Yet another very well written, honest and articulate peice, thank you Scott.
Clearly the West is wasting no time in trying to capitalise on the deaths, and this behaviour, being normal for the West, is all the anecdotal evidence I need to remain suspicious (in spite of thier incompetentces), that the West somehow was behind this. However, you make a good point regarding the number of people who wished them dead, and that it could also be a mis-packed weapon - self inflicted in a sense.
The timing however speaks volumes - bad for Russia, great for the West (in thier blood-drunk stupor), and immediately following a visibly shaken West losing control of Niger (Uranium anyone?)., it seems as well timed as NordStream attacks, Skripals, and many other Western-created Russian provocations.
However, like you Scott, I wait to hear what Russian investigators reveal, if indeed they can in this particular situation, given the fame and geo-political importance of Wagner and those within.
I have heard that in death, all sins are forgiven, and so, to the Hell to which is reffered, I say - NO you may NOT have them, you will not share in thier glory, or their defeat, and empty will be your cold halls - look elsewhere - for they now reside with immortals.
Strange that all these Western experts know exactly what happened within minutes of the crash, without access to the site, yet they can’t tell us what happened to the Nordstream after a year, with full access to the site, in heavily regulated NATO-waters and with three governments looking into it.
While I respect Scott Ritter and believe him to be honest, ethical, well informed and a very competent analyst, I think his emphasis on Russophobia is misplaced. Phobia involves a fear and the situation with the United States Deep State, especially its Democratic Party component, does not involve fear but rather, Machiavellian use of fear they themselves generate knowing it is not warranted, for political purposes, both domestically and internationally. Russia was selected as the optimal target by the Clintons and Obama in 2016 because it was the one bogeyman that the GOP would not reject, which would unite Americans against the Trump administration and other populist leaders, as was done in the now infamous Russiagate plot, a plot not by Russia and Mr. Trump (for whom I do not care), but by the Democratic Party, United States intelligence agencies, the United States Department of Justice, including its Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other federal bureaucrats in order to undo the results of the 2016 federal elections, exactly what they are prosecuting numerous individuals for today, including political leaders and candidates, with respect to the 2020 federal elections. So rather than Russophobia, i.e., fear of Russia, fearmongering concerning Russia in a quest to generate Russophobia is what is involved. Not a new kind of strategy. It is the same formula used by Nazis and other anti-Semites against Jews, and oddly, by Zionists against Muslims.
Scott, based on your analysis, I think we are witnessing a new kind of warfare based on the deployment of strike assets that are bound together with total ISR. With mass artillery and SAM coverage all moving in unison along the line of contact.
It may be that the first 24 months of the Russian SMO were simply the testing phase of Alexander Romanchuk's tactics along the Northern and Southern flanks. As a former Marine living in Europe it seems Romanchuk's tactics are unstoppable. Anyway that is my humble guess. The Prigozhin incident seems to be apart of the military deceptions that are never ending nowadays.
I'll never understand the mind of the terminally greedy power-freaks. This whole fiasco seems to boil down to Prigozhin wanting more, more, and more and then getting pissed off like a little bitch when he didn't get his way. Unfortunately he took it to the stage of treasonously pissing on the Russian Motherland because the Russian MOD decisions cost him some of his billions and billions.
At the end of the day? His own abject greed ultimately got him shot out of the sky. Now the question will remain "by whom" although it is an object lesson to future oligarchs yearning for more money than 100,000 families can spend in a lifetime as well as a seat at the power-table.
Thank you, he deserves this fine article no matter his personality and his mistakes, RIP
Excellent writing Scott! I posted on X and Truth as I agree 100%. I believe Col Doug MacGregor also agrees. He said as much in his interview with Tucker.
In all the commentary around regarding the plane crash which killed Prigozhin, there is one curiosity no one addresses - at least that I have found - so far. There was circulating, immediately after, a video of a plane falling out of the sky, at one point in the fall a big puff of white can be seen coming from it, at which point it begins an irreversible nose dive. We were told this was the plane coming down. There is then another film of shadowy officials standing around a big fire. Yet no one says - as they let us think we are seeing the last moments and death pyre of Prigozhin and company, who took this, and how come they were filming Prigozhins plane as it fell. In the vast expanse of sky, how come they picked the tiny dot that was his plane???
Thanks for this piece. Two points:
1. You criticize Joe B for shooting his mouth without knowledge, but corrupt ignoramus though he is, the assumptions he makes to express his opinion are no less fact based than your own. The quality of the speculation however is of course as different as it could possibly be.
2. Putin is by any standards of world history an outstanding leader, but he is, with all that, a ruthless indiviidual who rules in grandeur that is truly imperial, and which owes nothing to his personal fortune. We would do well to observe that although he brings a level of duty and integrity to the party un-discernible now anywhere in the West, it is up to us all to change our expectations of our leaders, and impose them with the rigfhteous anger and compassion that must mark humanity's ascent from this Great Shift,.
The ammo in the hold theory. I don’t understand how this works. In detail what happens? They were experienced soldiers surely aware of the dangers. If there were explosives the plane would have been blown to pieces. One video shows a plane on fire from the engine. Another has a plane falling not on fire at all. All very confusing.