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Sergei Surovikin, Russian General Detained After Wagner Mutiny, Is Released


A top Russian general detained in the aftermath of the mutiny by the mercenary tycoon Yevgeny V. Prigozhin has been released, according to two U.S. officials and a person close to the Russian Defense Ministry.

The general, Sergei Surovikin, who was seen as an ally of Mr. Prigozhin’s and earned the nickname “General Armageddon” for his brutal tactics in Syria, vanished from public view in June after the mercenary leader and members of his Wagner outfit moved against the Russian military leadership.

American officials say the general had advance word of the uprising, and hours after it began, the Russian authorities released a video in which an uncomfortable-looking General Surovikin is shown calling on the Wagner fighters to stand down.

U.S. officials said that while General Surovikin appeared to have been released from formal detention, it remained unclear if there were any remaining restrictions on his movement or other limits imposed by the Russian authorities.

“General Sergei Surovikin is out: alive, healthy, at home with his family in Moscow,” read a post on the channel on the Telegram messaging app associated with Ms. Sobchak.

Aleksei A. Venediktov, who led the liberal Echo of Moscow radio station until the Kremlin shut it down last year, wrote late Monday that General Surovikin was at home with his family.

“He is on leave and at the disposal of the Ministry of Defense,” Mr. Venediktov posted on his Telegram channel.

From October to January, General Surovikin was the top Russian officer in charge of operations in Ukraine. He oversaw the withdrawal of Russian forces from Kherson and the switch to a defensive strategy, which included the construction of a wall of vast defenses known as the “Surovikin line” that has hampered Ukrainian forces in their counteroffensive.

Mr. Prigozhin knew General Surovikin because Wagner fighters had served in Syria with Russian forces while he was the top commander there. The mercenary leader praised the general’s appointment last year, calling him a legendary figure and the most capable commander in the Russian military.


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