I saw this referenced on the Forward Observer global sit-rep email this morning….
A senior Russian lawmaker who has been involved in a number of negotiations related to Moscow’s campaign in Ukraine called late on Monday for a professional army seven-million strong to ensure that no mercenary groups are needed for the country’s security.
Russia has been shaken by the weekend’s failed mutiny by Yevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner mercenary troops who briefly took control of a military command steering Moscow’s campaign in Ukraine, then started a march on Moscow before aborting it.
Lawmaker Leonid Slutsky, who early in the 16-month war took part in peace negotiations with Ukraine, said that Russia needs a contract army of at least seven million military and civilian personnel, on top of the current conscript army.
“The country does not need any PMCs (private military companies) and their likes,” Slutsky, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party, said on the Telegram messaging app. “There are problems in the regular army, but PMCs cannot solve them.”https://archive.vn/e0Spn
I don’t see them with an army that large, even our bloated armed forces “only” have around 1.3 million active duty plus another 800k in the reserves. This sounds more like a move to create the narrative for expanding the active duty military to prepare to fend off a potential NATO attack. Adding an additional 500,000 men is certainly plausible and allows Russia to maintain their use of Wagner in various places around the world that the formal Russian military can’t go.
It all certainly seems to be planned out, making me wonder anew just how “spontaneous” and real the couple hour long “insurrection” really was. If Prigozhin is still alive a few months from now, it will help to reinforce the idea that this was all theater and that the Western media and governments (and a few self-proclaimed expert bloggers) were taken in, hook, line and sinker.
Russia and China are modernizing and expanding their armed forces while the U.S. seeks to replace troublesome Whites with blacks and trannies. That ought to end well.