A large and luxurious house with a helicopter parked in the garden, gold bars and… wigs. Russian media released photos of the home of the leader of the Wagner paramilitary group, Yevgeny Prigojine, on a loop on Wednesday night, likely taken during the search of the home in late June.
On Wednesday, July 5, Russian media released images of the search of the home of the leader of the paramilitary group Wagner, Evgueni Prigojine, carried out in Saint Petersburg during his attempted armed uprising in late June.
These photos, apparently taken by law enforcement and suddenly published in several Russian public and private media, show a large and luxurious house with a helicopter parked in the garden.
During the search, according to these photos, the investigators also discovered piles of dollars and rubles, gold bars, numerous weapons, but also several passports with different names and a closet full of wigs.
#RussianWarCrimes #Ukraine Russia state media released footage of searches of #Prigozhin’s home. An arsenal of weapons, wigs, forged documents, gold bars, a framed photograph of severed heads… sponsored by the budget. Prigozhin’s structures received more than… pic.twitter.com/TLEfI9MfD0
— 𝐀𝐧𝐧 𝐊𝐎𝐌𝐒𝐀 A lot of “in case of important negotiations”
The Fontanka site, based in Saint Petersburg, also indicated that a photo of “severed heads” had been found at the home of Yevgeny Prigojine, while his mercenaries are regularly accused of abuse. Fontanka also posted a photo showing a huge mace arranged in a room of the house with the message “In case of important negotiations” on the metal head. “Mace” is one of the symbols of the Wagner Group, which boasts of using this weapon to brutally execute or torture its enemies.
I still can’t get over the fact that the #WindofChange team at the FSB leaked pictures of Prigozhin’s absurd disguises found on the seized electronic devices during the FSB raid of his property on June 24th. Probably larger kompromat incoming. Natural development of the #FSB letters.
Wagner’s uprising on June 24 shook Russian power amid the war in Ukraine. For several hours, its fighters occupied a Russian army headquarters in Rostov-on-Don (southwest) and rushed towards Moscow. The mutiny ended in the evening with an agreement that provided for the departure for Belarus of Evguéni Prigojine, who assured that his uprising was not aimed at overthrowing power, but to save Wagner from a dismantling of the General Staff.
Since then, several major voices in the Russian public media have portrayed him as a greedy businessman who lost his mind after making his fortune through years of lucrative contracts with the state.
No sanctions have been announced against the mutineers, but the future of the Wagner leader’s businesses, his media empire and his influence operations, both in Russia and abroad, particularly in Africa, appears uncertain.