By Tim Gamble
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What the heck just happened in Russia, and why?
Full Disclosure: I don't know. I wasn't there. No one knows, unless they were directly involved. Everything you read or hear is speculation, including my comments.
The attempted coup against Vladimir Putin by Yevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner Group lasted less than 24 hours. It failed. Prigozhin has been exiled to the Putin-friendly country of Belarus. Here are two of my thoughts on this situation:
1) Something smells rotten. Little about this supposed coup makes sense. Prigozhin accomplished nothing, gave up too quickly and too easily, and apparently without much reason. He certainly wasn't forced to give up at gun point or in battle. It was showy, but in the end it really wasn't much of a coup attempt.
2) Some folks are saying that the attempted coup shows how unpopular and weak Putin is. I think it is the opposite. After all, this was the perfect time for others to join the Prigozhin/Wagner coup against the supposedly unpopular Putin. They didn't. The people didn't rise up. The regular military didn't join in. The oligarchs didn't join in. Maybe Putin and his war in Ukraine isn't as unpopular as we are being told.
What does this mean for you and your family?
The lesson you should draw from this situation is how unstable and chaotic the world situation really is. Use it as motivation to continue prepping hard for any chaos and hardships we may face. And realize that those hardships could come without warning in a single day.
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