Russia After Putin—Would Its 6,000 Nuclear Warheads be Secure?

From a Wall Street Journal commentary by David C. Gompert headlined “Russia’s Nukes After Putin”:

The mutiny of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner militia prompted the U.S. government to assess the risk that the Russian military might lose control of its nuclear weapons. While prudent, this immediate concern barely touches the grave nuclear dangers the world would face in the event of Vladimir Putin’s collapse or removal. To be sure, Washington shouldn’t hope for Mr. Putin’s survival—he belongs at a war-crimes trial in the Hague—but the fate of Russia’s arsenal should give pause to those who favor or predict his demise.