Yevgeny Prigozhin: The ex-prisoner behind the uprising against Putin

Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozchin is now 62 years old. As a boss, he and his group of mercenaries worked for Russia in around 30 countries. For the past year and a half they have been involved in the war of aggression against Ukraine.

But now Prigozhin called for a military revolt because many of his fighters had been killed in an attack by the Russian military. Prigozhin himself seems hell-bent on taking up the fight, as he explained in an audio message: “We are all ready to die, all 25,000.”

How did Prigozhin get so much power in the first place? At the end of the 1970s, the Russian was still in prison for a long time for theft and then even for child prostitution, robbery and extortion. His personal ascent began after the end of the Soviet Union, when he became a meeting place for the Russian rich and Putin’s friend with a posh restaurant in Saint Petersburg.

Villas, jet, yacht – Prigozhin’s rise to super-rich

As a result, Prigozhin expanded his restaurant network and received government contracts worth billions, such as the sole contract for catering for the entire Russian army. This amounts to “Picture” -Information on more than two billion euros per year.

In addition, Prigozhin’s billion-dollar corporation called “Concord” also includes troll factories. They send Putin’s propaganda to social networks around the world. Prigozhin himself lives a life of luxury, with several villas, a private jet and a yacht.

Quite incidentally, Prigozhin built up a private army. Former mercenaries from his troupe tell of cruel war crimes.

Now the tide seems to be turning, because the Russian prosecutor’s office has already started investigations into Prigozhin for “armed insurgency”.

Jean Harris

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