Wagner boss warned to be on alert and ‘stay away from windows’ after coup

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    The boss of the Wagner Group has been told to “stay away from open windows” after his failed coup against a dominant Russia.

    Yevgeny Prigozhin was warned that Vladimir Putin “wants him dead” following the armed rebellion.

    The Kremlin had said all charges against the warlord had been dropped but last night a visibly angry Putin addressed the nation on Russian TV to say the “organisers of this rebellion will be brought to justice”.

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    The rebellion was “criminal activity which is aimed at weakening the country”.

    In a blistering statement, Putin said “any kind of blackmail is doomed to failure” and that the mutiny leaders “wanted our society to be fragmented”.

    He thanked the Russian public for its “support, patriotism and solidarity” since the rebellion and Belarus’s leader Aleksandr Lukashenko for a peaceful resolution.

    Putin added that most Wagner mercenaries are “patriots” who were “used” by the organisers of the rebellion – refusing to mention Prigozhin by name.

    Former CIA boss General David Petraeus said the threat to the Wagner chief was clear.

    He warned: “Prigozhin kept his life, but lost his Wagner Group. And he should be very careful around open windows in his new surroundings.”

    Tory MP Tobias Ellwood, Chairman of the Commons Defence Select Committee, said: “If I was him, I would be very careful what I ate and where I went.”

    A string of Putin critics have suffered mystery deaths, with several plunging from high windows.

    Prigozhin called off Saturday’s ­mutiny with his militia just 120 miles from Moscow. It is claimed he cut a deal and agreed to move to neighbouring Belarus. His whereabouts are unkown.

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