Even seasoned Russian observers were left stunned by the weekend's lightning rebellion, and its subsequent deescalation. Many said that this uncertainty raised a lot questions.
Steve Hall, a retired CIA chief for Russia operations, said on CNN that 'everyone is scratching their head'. The only thing I can take from today is that two men were in a precarious situation and needed to figure out a way out.
Hall said Prigozhin might have felt he was taking on more than he can chew when his column of soldiers marched toward Moscow. Putin was also faced with the reality of defeating 25,000 Wagner soldiers.
Hall stated that sending Prigozhin was a move to save face for both parties. Hall said that Putin is ultimately weakened and worse off.
Putin should have known it was coming months ago. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Hall said, "I don't believe the story is finished yet."