When former Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin returned to Russia last July after his aborted rebellion against Vladimir Putin, there was speculation that he might be back in favour in Moscow. A few weeks later, he was dead — possibly on orders handed down from the Russian President. Now another Kremlin outcast, Sergei Surovikin, may be returning to the fold, if online reports are to be believed.

Surovikin, dismissed last year from his role as commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, is rumoured to be coming back from Algeria to take up the position of Chief of the General Staff this month. Regional experts have questioned whether a video in circulation of Surovikin onboard a plane entering Russia is recent or from before his dismissal last year, though multiple sources support the claim that he really is returning. Best to avoid any open windows, Sergei…