CIA & MI6 are Looking to Recruit Russian Elites After Wagner Mutiny

The CIA and other intelligence agencies across the Collective West are broadening efforts to recruit “insider” and other elite Russians to spy for Western powers. This comes after June’s failed mutiny carried out by Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, which Western media outlets spun as a coup against the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

CIA director Williams Burns has described the Wagner mutiny as an “opportunity” to exploit holes in the Russian system. This comes at a time when there are growing doubts about Ukraine’s ability to successfully carry out a counter-offensive against Russia.  In a speech to the Aspen Security Forum in late July, Burns said before the audience that the US intelligence community has a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to tap into  the highest echelons of Russian society and government to generate chaos. He had said something similar earlier in the summer.

He has openly called for recruiting dissident members of Russia’s elite while also declaring, “I think Putin is already a little bit uneasy as he looks over his shoulder.”

Burns continued sounding off on the perceived vulnerabilities present in the Putin regime: “What it resurrected was some deeper questions … about Putin’s judgment, about his relative detachment from events and even about his indecisiveness.”

“I think in many ways it exposed some of the significant weaknesses in a system that Putin has built,” Burns added.

In a similar vein, MI6 Chief Richard Moore expressed sentiments that aligned with Burns’ remarks declaring “our door is always open” for Russian officials who are tired of the war.

“There are many Russians today who are silently appalled by the sight of their armed forces pulverizing Ukrainian cities, expelling innocent families from their homes, and kidnapping thousands of children,” Moore declared on July 19, 2023. 

“I invite them to do what others have already done this past 18 months and join hands with us. Our door is always open,” he remarked.

The Wagner mutiny appeared to be a protest of sorts directed against the Russian Defense Ministry’s perceived mishlanding of Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine. However, it has done very little to topple the Putin government, which seems to be chugging along just fine. Such speculation of cracks within the Russian government is wishful thinking that is the product of the fertile imagination of hack geopolitical strategists in the Collective West. 

These delusional pundits can’t come to grips with the harsh reality that Ukraine is destined to lose the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, so they have to desperately grab every straw possible to continue rationalizing their support for such a quixotic geopolitical venture that yields zero benefit to citizens of Western nations.

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