27 Jun 2023

Belarus’ Lukashenko says ‘he saved Russia from civil war’ by stopping Wagner mutiny

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

With Wagner Group boss Yevgeny Progozhin removed from Russia, one authoritarian leader is breathing a little easier – but another is perhaps starting to sweat.

Belarussian President Lukashenko said that he’s ‘not a hero’ for brokering the deal that averted the mutiny – but hosting a mercenary leader with a taste for trouble might test the limits of Lukashenko’s hard-fought grip on Belarus.