In a recent Powers That Be podcast on Prighozin's assassination, Julia Ioffe delivers insightful analysis on Russia. She delves into Putin's unexpected tactical approach, comparing it to a cat playing with a mouse (eg Koshka s myshkoy in Russian.) Putin made his move against Prighozin only when Prighozin let his guard down, thinking he was safe. It's only when Prighozin thought the "cat" had lost interest that Putin struck. If you find this drama fascinating the WSJ article The Last Days of Wagner’s Prigozhin is also amazing writing.