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Putin’s Prigozhin Trap, with Anne Applebaum

September 4, 2023


September 4, 2023 — On August 23rd, Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed in a mysterious plane crash just 60 days after his mercenary group Wagner led a failed coup attempt that Russian president Vladimir Putin called “treasonous.”

Atlantic staff writer Anne Applebaum argues that Putin needed a spectacular act of violence after Prigozhin’s challenge to his power. She and Ray discuss what this means for a fragile Russia.

Read Applebaum’s latest column for The Atlantic, “Prigozhin’s Death Heralds Even More Spectacular Violence“.

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