Russian intelligence services raided the mansion of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner Group, in St. Petersburg and found million-dollar loot, gold bars and an arsenal of firearms.. The pro-Kremlin news agency Izvestia He published photos showing the luxurious home of the leader of the mercenary group who is in exile in Belarus, after his attempted rebellion against Putin.
In addition to cash and gold, they found a large number of firearms with ammunition, several passports, and curios such as wigs of different colors. There are also photos of Wagner’s group leader in various disguises. In addition, he had a place of prayer full of icons.
According to the Russian authorities, the huge mansion has its own heliport, swimming pool, sauna, gym and medical room.
They also found military clothing with all kinds of decorations that were awarded to the bloodthirsty mercenary by the Russian authorities. ORA letter discovered in the mansion revealed that Prigozhin had been awarded the prestigious title of Hero of Russia on June 20, 2022.. The specific date of this recognition had not been disclosed prior to this finding.
On Monday, Prigozhin He launched his first public message since the end of the Wagner group rebellion, with a new challenge against the “traitors” of the Russian elite.
Refugee in Belarus, where he has been since he left Russia after reaching an agreement with Vladimir Putin after the uprising led by the group of mercenaries he heads, He asked for support and assured that “there will be new victories at the front.”
“Today more than ever your support is necessary,” he emphasized in the audio recording.
“Thanks for that. I want you to understand that our march for justice was about stamping out traitors and mobilizing society, and I think we’ve largely succeeded.”, he added in the message published on his Telegram channel related to the Wagner Group.
In this sense, he expressed his “confidence that the whole world can see the new victories of the group at the front in the near future”, although he has not given details of his plans or his exact location, or even who would be his enemy.
After the revolt of the members of the Wagner Group, Prigozhin made a single statement in which he gave his version of what happened and guaranteed that his intention was not to “bring down the regime.”. However, his comments have sparked controversy on several occasions, especially when he accused the Russian oligarchy and military establishment of “tricking” Putin into invading Ukraine.
The Kremlin itself admitted that, as part of an agreement to end the rebellion, Prigozhin could move to Belarus, something that was confirmed by the Belarusian president himself, Alexander Lukashenko.
Putin tries to bolster his power by rewarding military loyalists
Vladimir Putin has taken measures to strengthen his personal security and prevent threats to his government after the brief rebellion led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the paramilitary wagner group. The Russian president is now rewarding loyalty among the ruling elite and granting economic benefits to security forces and the military.
Despite avoiding a full-scale purge, Putin is reviewing how to ensure the stability of his political system and avoid future coup attempts or rebellions. Analysts consulted by The New York Times They warn that as the Kremlin chief empowers a security apparatus made up of disparate interests and centers of power, he could face new threats. However, he has so far opted for an incentive approach rather than punishment in response to the recent riot.
For decades, Putin has given control of important state assets to his close friends and placed loyalists in key government positions. This has created a network of support and loyalty towards the president. In addition, the Federal Protection Service, tasked with protecting Putin and other top officials, has taken an increasingly important role in monitoring other Russian security agencies for possible plots against the president.
In response to the Wagner Group rebellion, Putin has rewarded the military and security forces with economic benefits and power. In addition to a 10.5% salary increase for soldiers, police officers and other employees of security agencies, Putin has promised more weapons to the head of the National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, a former Putin bodyguard. These measures seek to reaffirm the loyalty of the security forces and strengthen Putin’s position at a time of crisis.
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