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Smart Take | Wagner Group Leader Prigozhin Dies Two Months After Attempted Coup in Russia

August 24, 20232:11

Though not yet confirmed by independent sources, Russian media says Wagner Mercenary Group leader Yevgeniy Prigozhin has died in a plane crash near Moscow. William Pomeranz, Director of the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute, talks about Putin’s likely role in the what many suspect was an assassination, who will lead Wagner forces moving forward, and what the impact of Prigozhin’s death will be in Russia.


William E. Pomeranz

William E. Pomeranz

Senior Fellow; Former Director, Kennan Institute

William Pomeranz, Senior Fellow and former Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, is an expert guide to the complexities of political and economic developments in Russia, particularly through the lens of law. He leverages extensive, hands-on experience in international and Russian jurisprudence to address a wide range of legal issues, from the development of Russia’s Constitution to human rights law to foreign investment and sanctions. He is also the author of Law and the Russian State: Russia's Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin (Bloomsbury, 2018).

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The Kennan Institute is the premier US center for advanced research on Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more