Contents tagged with Prigozhin

  • Media: out of 50,000 Russian inmates recruited by Wagner PMC, only 10,000 remain on the front lines in Ukraine

    Out of the 50,000 Russian prisoners recruited by the Wagner private military company to participate in the war in Ukraine, only 10,000 remain on the front lines, the head of the charitable foundation "Russia Behind Bars" told the project My Russian Rights, reports Meduza.

    "According to our information, at the end of December, 42-43 thousand (prisoners) were recruited. Now, there are most likely already over 50 thousand. Of these, ten thousand are fighting on the front lines, because the rest …

  • Russian Defense Ministry does not confirm Prigozhin's claims abut full control over Soledar

    The spokesperson of the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, did not say anything about the offensive on Bakhmut and Soledar during the traditional briefing on January 12.

    Konashenkov claimed that "successful offensive actions of Russian troops continued in the Donetsk direction." He did not mention what kind of "successes" the Russians achieved there, writes the Telegram channel Agentstvo Novosti.

    According to the map presented at the briefing, the town of Soledar was not under Russia’ …

  • General Lapin, who was accused by Kadyrov of surrendering Lyman, appointed Chief of the General Staff of Russian Ground Forces

    Colonel-General Alexander Lapin was appointed the new chief of the General Staff of the Russian Ground Forces, reported Russian media, citing sources in the Russian Ministry of Defense. According to the news agency RBC, Lapin's appointment took place at the end of 2022. The Russian Ministry of Defense did not officially confirm this information. Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov also refused to comment on it. "There are open decrees, there are classified decrees. There are no such decrees …

  • First group of Wagner mercenaries complete their contract in Ukraine

    The Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports that the first group of prisoners who were recruited into the private military company Wagner Group has completed their contract. They were cleared of all convictions. The owner of the Wagner PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin hismself came to congratulate them.

    "They have completed their contract with honor, with dignity," the founder of the PMC told a group of former prisoners who were going to return to their homeland "with a clear conscience".

    During his …

  • Putin’s associate Prigozhin admits interfering in U.S. elections

    Russian oligarch and founder of the private military company Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin responded to the question of the website "Russia News" about Russia’s "attempts to intervene" in the U.S. elections, in particular, in the midterm elections to Congress, which are held on November 8.

    "I will answer you very subtly, delicately and, I apologize, I will allow a certain ambiguity," Prigozhin replied ironically and sarcastically on his VKontakte page of his company Concord. " Gentlemen, we have …

  • Russian Wagner PMC to open training centers in the Kursk and Belgorod regions

    The owner of the Wagner private military company, Yevgeny Prigozhin, announced the creation of training centers for militiamen in the Kursk and Belgorod regions, reports the Telegram channel "Prigozhin's Cap".

    According to channel, the militia should consist of residents of the region. At the same time, Prigozhin promises to finance the centers himself. "I don't need either the federal or the regional budget, I don't need anything," Prigozhin said.

    "If you are the owner of a small factory …

  • Putin’s friend Prigozhin claims inmates who joined his private military company have ‘balls of steel’

    The founder of the Russian private military company the Wagner Group, an oligarch and close associate of the Russian president, Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as "Putin's cook", is confident that the inmates who joined his private military company have "balls of steel " and are ready to fight amid any adversity.

    After Russia’s  full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Prigozhin, apparently having special powers, began to visit penal colonies and prisons and recruit convicts to join the Wagner Group and …

  • Putin's associate Prigozhin admits he is the founder of Wagner private military company

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, who previously publicly denied his connection with the Wagner private military company, admitted that he was the one who created it. He said that the PMC was established in 2014.

    "Then I flew to one of the training grounds and did it myself. I cleaned the old weapons myself, figured out the bulletproof vests myself and found specialists who could help me with this. From that moment, on May 1, 2014, a group of patriots was born, which later acquired the name Wagner. Only …

  • Putin's friend Prigozhin tours Russian prisons to recruit inmates for his Wagner Private Military Company fighting in Ukraine

    Prisoners from the Yaroslavl and Tula regions (Russia) told the news outlet Mediazona how a short bald older man with a Hero of Russia star on his jacket, calling himself Yevgeny Prigozhin, tried to recruit them into his "paramilitary organized crime group".

    Mediazona published the stories of two inmates about the visits to their penal colonies of "Putin's chef" Prigozhin, who offered convicts to take part in the war in Ukraine in exchange for money and pardon.

    According to one inmate from …

  • Putin’s friend Prigozhin asks U.S. Treasury department to lift all sanctions imposed on him

    Evgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, appealed to the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control with a request to lift sanctions imposed on him, announced the press service of Concord Group owned by Prigozhin, TASS reports.

    "The press service informs that today, June 18, Yevgeny Prigozhin appealed to the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury with a request to lift sanctions (remove of the applicant from the …