As part of a compromise to ease tensions surrounding the insurrection, the leader of the private Russian military business Wagner will relocate to neighboring Belarus and the criminal prosecution against him will be dismissed, the Kremlin announced on Saturday.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Yevgeny Prigozhin’s men who participated in the rebellion won’t be prosecuted, while those who didn’t would be given contracts by the Defense Ministry.
Following the agreement, Prigozhin declared he was directing his troops to turn back and retire to field camps in Ukraine, where they had been fighting alongside Russian forces, and to stop their march on Moscow.
The agreement sought to resolve a rapidly growing crisis that posed President Vladimir Putin with the biggest test of his over two decades in office.
The agreement was mediated by a close Putin ally and president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.