Is Prigozhin to Putin as Ernst Rohm was to Hitler and will he share his fate?
This is a wonderful article, I enjoyed reading it! A significant difference between Hitler and Putin’s situation is the political environment they inhabit. When Hitler rose to power, his main focus was to build up the Germany military, and Putin is currently embroiled in an intense conflict.
Ernst Rohm sought to significantly incorporate the Brownshirts into the German military to establish a “People’s Army”. Members of the German military despised this goal and actively made Hitler aware of their discontent. Hitler essentially eliminated Rohm to appease the military caste, pave the path forward for rearmament and as you mentioned eliminate a political rival. Putin is in limbo like stage because he cannot eliminate Prigozhin due to the fact that the Wagner Forces play an indispensable role in the Ukrainian Conflict and Prigozhin’s removal would benefit Ukraine. Putin is stuck in this framework where the inefficiencies of his military has forced him into relying on a figure whose loyalty has come into question.
Great piece Mark. Do you really see the Wagner group ceding power to Putin? Or does he already own them? VP