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    Russian General Is Believed to be Detained in Aftermath of Wagner Mutiny, Sources Say

    Russian General Is Believed to be Detained in Aftermath of Wagner Mutiny, Sources Say

    WASHINGTON — Gen. Sergei Surovikin, the deputy commander of the Russian group of forces fighting in Ukraine, is believed to have been detained days after mercenaries staged a revolt inside Russia, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday, citing U.S. and Ukrainian intelligence assessments.

    The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

    It's not clear whether Surovikin faces any charges or where he is being held, reflecting the opaque world of the Kremlin's politics and uncertainty after the revolt.

    But his reported detention comes days after Wagner Group mercenaries took over the military headquarters in the Russian of Rostov-on-Don and were heading toward in what appears to have been an aborted insurrection.

    Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin has spoken positively of Surovikin while criticizing the country's military brass and suggested that he should be appointed the General Staff chief to replace Gen. Valery Gerasimov. The York Times this week reported that U.S. officials believe Surovikin had advance knowledge of Prigozhin's to stage the revolt.

    The White House and the Kremlin declined to comment.

    Surovikin, who has longtime links to Prigozhin, hasn't been seen since the start of the rebellion when he posted a video urging an end to it.

    A Russian military blogger, the Moscow Times, and…

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