I was half expecting this man to turn up alive. As he’d done before. However, Russia has confirmed his death. The latest news suggests Putin will not be attending the funeral.
Vladimir Putin is not planning to attend the funeral of mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, following reports that the mercenary chief who challenged the Russian president’s authority would be buried Tuesday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov wouldn’t say where or when the chief of the Wagner military company would be buried, adding that he couldn’t comment on a private family ceremony.
St. Petersburg’s Fontanka news outlet and some other media said Prigozhin, 62, could be laid to rest at the city’s Serafimovskoye cemetery, which has been used for high-profile military burials. On Tuesday, heavy police cordons encircled the cemetery, where Putin’s parents are also buried, but no service was immediately held. Increased police presence was also reported at some other city cemeteries.
So, clearly there is an attempt to keep this ceremony private.
A preliminary U.S. intelligence assessment concluded that an intentional explosion caused the plane to go down, and Western officials have pointed to a long list of Putin’s foes who have been assassinated. The Kremlin rejected Western allegations that the Russian president was behind the crash as an “absolute lie.”
How the intelligence conclusion is being made is unknown. It’s a conclusion that supports the narrative provided from the get go, so, take it with a grain of salt. Not to say it’s not correct, it may just be correct, just to say it’s the conclusion that would or should have been expected.
A Russian political analyst has claimed warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin is alive after his body double was killed in last week’s plane crash – not the Wagner chief himself.
Prigozhin is now plotting his revenge, says the political analyst, a former professor at Moscow’s prestigious Institute of International Relations [MGIMO], a training school for spies and diplomats.
Dr Solovey accuses the Russian authorities of lying over Prigozhin’s DNA being found at the crash site in Tver region, while being aware the bid to kill the Wagner supremo had failed because a body double – which the warlord was known to use – got on the plane in his place.