Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Replacement?

Speculation grows over who could be next in line to take over Russia
TOPSHOT - Russian President Vladimir Putin poses as he delivers a New Year's address to the nation at the headquarters of the Southern Military District in Rostov-on-Don on December 31, 2022. - - *Editor's note : this image is distributed by Russian state owned agency Sputnik.* (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP) / *Editor's note : this image is distributed by Russian state owned agency Sputnik.* (Photo by MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • As the war in Ukraine drags on, speculation has risen over who could replace Russian President Vladimir Putin as his two-decade reign is thought to be in jeopardy.
  • Yevgeny Prigozhin, an oligarch businessman and head of the shadowy mercenary company, the Wagner Group, is one of the top names being circulated. 
  • Prigozhin is reportedly a close confidant of Putin’s. 

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