The presence of soldiers from the Wagner Group only 200 kilometers from Moscow did little to unsettle the Russian people. This was reported by the freelance journalist Maria Semenova, who is based in the Russian capital.
The population is somewhat apolitical. She got lost and didn’t know what was going on and when I was talking [avec les gens] On the street, they told me they were convinced the government knew how to protect them,” she told LCN.
People have little opinion about the leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigogine, the journalist mentions. They often know him by name only.
However, Ms. Semenova notes, Moscow’s streets, restaurants and malls were unusually deserted on a Saturday.
“The capital looked a little sad,” she says.
Regarding the struggle between the Russian army and the Wagner group, Maria Semenova notes some fatigue among the Russians.
“They seem to be used to a little bit of everything. They are less interested in politics and current affairs, which they find unsettling,” explains the freelance journalist.
She adds, “They say, ‘We can’t change anything, so there’s no point in thinking about it.'”
The latter also does not see any questioning of Putin’s decisions and actions on the part of the Russian people.
“In Russia, there is no real desire for change, a desire to have another president, because for them, changes will still be when they want stability,” she said.
To watch the full interview, watch the video above.