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What the Wagner Group Mutiny Reveals About Putin’s Grip on Power

12 Jul 2023
“It reveals that the emperor has no clothes,” journalist Peter Baker says of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s armed mutiny in Russia on June 23 in this excerpt from the FRONTLINE documentary “Putin’s Crisis.”

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“It reveals that it is conceivable to stand against him,” Baker says. “And if you’re Putin, you’re looking around that room and you’re saying, ‘Which of these people has a knife in his belt? Which of these people might be thinking about moving on me next?’”

“Putin’s Crisis” will be available to watch in full at and in the PBS App starting July 11, 2023, at 7/6c.

Drawing on both new interviews and the team’s years of reporting on the Russian leader, the documentary tells the inside story of Putin’s rise, his clashes at home and abroad, and how his war on Ukraine led to unexpected new challenges to his power.

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“Putin’s Crisis” is a FRONTLINE production with the Kirk Documentary Group. The director is Michael Kirk. The producers are Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser and Vanessa Fica. The writers are Michael Kirk and Mike Wiser. The reporter is Vanessa Fica. The editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.

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