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August 26, 2023

Wagner will be 'dismantled or reconstructed' into Putin's personal military

By Jim Townsend

In the wake of Prigozhin's demise, questions are being raised regarding the future of his armed mercenary force, Wagner. Jim Townsend tells Frontline the group could turn into Vladimir Putin's private military.

Jim Townsend is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European and NATO Policy, culminating in 34 years of experience in the Pentagon, NATO, and the Center for a New American Security where he is a Adjunct Senior Fellow.

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