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Live updates: Wagner chief set to leave Russia after ending rebellion, Kremlin says

Yevgeny Prigozhin will go to Belarus and face no charges after a crisis that posed an unprecedented challenge to President Vladimir Putin.

What to know about the situation in Russia

  • Mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin ordered his forces to turn back from their march on Moscow, saying he was abandoning the armed rebellion to avoid bloodshed.
  • The Kremlin said Prigozhin would leave Russia for neighbor and ally Belarus while avoiding criminal charges along with his fighters despite the revolt.
  • Senior Biden administration officials were briefed on intelligence indicating that Prigozhin was considering a challenge on Wednesday, June 21, and that “alarm bells” started going off more intensely early in the day Friday, a U.S. official told NBC News.
  • President Vladimir Putin had accused Prigozhin of "treason" and vowed to crush the growing armed rebellion. The stunning conclusion to the crisis will leave questions about the Russian leader's authority.