The discussion between Rosemary Church and Julia Yaffe regarding why Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t pursue Yevgeny Prigozhin during the Moscow insurrection highlights several key points. Yaffe suggests that Putin’s decision not to arrest Prigozhin stems from a sense of compassion and generosity. By allowing others to deal with the situation, Putin can present himself as being above the conflict, displaying a level of magnanimity and demonstrating his power and authority.

Yaffe also notes that Prigozhin, the boss of Wagner, has a significant following among the Russian people due to his perceived heroism on the battlefields of Ukraine. This support may have led to a sense of admiration and reluctance among the Russian populace to see Prigozhin arrested or dealt with harshly.

Furthermore, Yaffe highlights the regional differences within Russia in terms of perceptions towards Prigozhin. In areas closer to the war zone, such as the south, people may feel more connected to Prigozhin’s cause, while in the capital and other urban centers, there may be greater fear and association with Putin and the existing system. Yaffe suggests that some individuals may have cheered Prigozhin on as an alternative to Putin without fully considering the potential consequences of his leadership, given his hard-line nationalist and fascist tendencies.

Ultimately, Yaffe believes that many Russians sat back and observed the situation, waiting to see who would emerge victorious. The relief expressed when Prigozhin backed off indicates a recognition among the population that while change may be desired, the kind of change Prigozhin represents is not seen as beneficial. Instead, enduring under Putin’s rule may be viewed as a more preferable option.

It’s important to note that this discussion represents the perspectives and opinions expressed by Julia Yaffe and does not necessarily reflect objective facts.

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