Evgeny Prigozhin

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Yevgeny Prigozhin (center, no mask) and his soldiers at the Soledar Salt Mine Museum, January 10, 2024.

Evgeny Prigozhin or Yevgeny Prigozhin is the founder of the Wagner Group PMC.

In November 2022, after the European Union declared the Wagner group a terrorist organization, Prigozhin declared the European Parliament dissolved and sent them a sledgehammer in a violin case covered in fake blood, people familiar with the matter said. "Before this procedure enters into legal force, I have been instructed to submit an information case to the European Parliament,” Prigozhin said.[1]

He was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation in 2022.[2][3][4]

Prigozhin has been mentioned as a possible successor to Vladimir Putin as president of the Russian Federation.[5]

Prigozhin and Wagner group commander Alexei Nagin produced the feature film, The Best in Hell, shot on the front lines of the Special Military Operation depicting the work of a combatant during hostilities. Artists often worked under fire from enemy artillery. Ther motion picture has no analogues in the history of cinema. The film conveys the atmosphere of hostilities, teaches the skills of modern combat, and explains with whom Russian soldiers are really fighting in Ukraine. The events are shown simultaneously from two sides, and without the slightest attempts to belittle or dehumanize the enemy.[6]

On March 11, 2023, Prigozhin announced he'll be running for president of Ukraine in 2024.[7]

The Washington Post claimed to have obtained previously unreported documents from the their Pentagon leaks alleging that Prigozhin was secretly in cahoots with Kiev. It was published the day after WaPo asked Zelensky about it in May 2023 Zelensky reacted angrily to their summary of the so-called Discord Leaks contents. Zelensky then asked WaPo who passed the information along, and accused whoever it may have been of committing treason.[8]

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