No serving members of the army have been amongst recipients of Russia’s first state awards for the reason that Wagner Group rise up in opposition to President Vladimir Putin’s authority, it has been reported.
Throughout the ceremony of the nation’s highest state awards on the Kremlin Palace on Wednesday, Putin mentioned that orders and medals could be given to these “who selflessly defended the constitutional order of Russia on June 24,” the day of the mutiny.
Concerning the mutiny by the Wagner Group led by Yevgeny Prigozhin during which they seized army amenities in Rostov-on-Don and marched on Moscow, Putin mentioned “everybody in his publish confirmed braveness and did all the pieces doable to fulfil his official and civic responsibility.”
Whereas Putin mentioned that the awards would additionally honor contributors within the “particular army operation”, the Kremlin time period for his invasion of Ukraine, impartial Russian-language information outlet Agentstvo reported it was vital that no recipients on Wednesday have been serving members of the army.
As well as, “none have been army pilots who died in the course of the mutiny,” the outlet mentioned, including that “to this point, the Russian authorities haven’t offered state awards to the army for resisting the rise up.”
Agentstvo additionally famous studies that there was a post-mutiny purge of the military amid an investigation it was concerned. Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces Sergei Surovikin, a Prigozhin ally, has not appeared in public since June.
It was reported final month that within the aftermath of the rise up, Putin strengthened his Nationwide Guard with Grom special-forces unit usually tasked with drug management, signaling his issues in regards to the loyalty of his safety companies and army officers.
Putin did grant two posthumous awards to commanders of the 123rd motorized rifle brigade and assault group, Colonel Denis Ivanov and Captain Roman Vorobyov, based on a transcript and video of the occasion on the Kremlin web site.
Ukrainian studies mentioned Ivanov was killed final month both attributable to a kamikaze drone or a missile strike on a automobile he had been touring in on a base in Ukraine’s Luhansk oblast.
Nonetheless, Agentstvo mentioned it was notable that these receiving the awards linked to the mutiny have been solely from Russia’s Nationwide Guard and the Ministry of Inner Affairs.
Bravery medals got to 2 inner affairs officers—one from the Lipetsk area, the opposite from the Voronezh area, the place the Wagner columns handed via on June 24.
Medals for braveness have been additionally offered to 2 members of Russia’s Nationwide Guard, Rosgvardiya, the interior army power impartial of the military which studies on to Putin.
The opposite recipient was Nationwide Guard Colonel Dmitry Makarov, who’s the commander of the Rostov 685th separate blended aviation regiment.
Agentstvo mentioned this indicated that on June 24 as Wagner rolled in direction of Moscow, the protection ministry and the Nationwide Guard have been concerned in repelling the group “and the clashes weren’t solely within the air, but in addition on the bottom.”
️Russian authorities had beforehand mentioned Wagner had destroyed solely army plane. These included a Ka-52 helicopter and an Il-22M plane, together with 12 crew members. Open-source intelligence confirmed that different plane have been shot down, together with a number of Mi-8 helicopters.
Newsweek has contacted the Kremlin for remark.