A Coup or Psyop?
The briefest coup attempt in history was abandoned with little bloodshed or fanfare. It leaves many questions unanswered.
The timing couldn't have been better.
Just 24 hours after writing 'I get the sense something big is about to break', the mercenary army known as Wagner launched an uprising against the Russian President.
That said, the actual details and motivations are murky with multiple scenarios being publicly speculated about.
I have to say the entire thing does seem rather odd.
A mercenary force of 25,000 men, led by one of Putin's chosen few, marches through Russia with next to no resistance. There were few (if any) casualties and no fierce battles.
There were some claims of Russian aircraft being shot down by Wagner but they appear to be manufactured.
Then, less than a day after it started, it was all over.
A truce was negotiated, resulting in the rebellious leader being exiled to Belarus and his troops being pardoned or integrated into the RDF.
That means around 25,000 Wagner mercenaries and their leadership are stationed within 100km of Kiev, the Capital of Ukraine.
This coup doesn't really make sense which is why so many commentators are confused and questioning so many aspects of the uprising. Was it real or was it a masterful military psyop by Putin?
A psyop is defined as:
"An operation to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their motives and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and large foreign powers."