Contents tagged with Prigozhin

  • 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 …

  • Putin’s friend Prigozhin accuses Washington of trying to abduct him

    Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is linked to the Russian private military company the Wagner Group, said that the U.S. authorities are planning to abduct him.

    "Evgeny Prigozhin appealed to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation with a statement about his attempted abduction by U.S. citizens who are members of an organized criminal group," reads the statement of the Concord group controlled by Prigozhin.

    According to the businessman, the fact that Washington put him …

  • Washington puts Putin’s friend Prigozhin on wanted list

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has put one of Putin’s closest associates, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, on a wanted list.

    Prigozhin is informally known as "Putin's chef" because his companies provide food services for the Kremlin.

    The FBI said that the reason for putting Prigozhin on a wanted list is "a conspiracy to defraud the United States." The FBI’s announcement was published in English, Russian and Ukrainian.

    The FBI has offered a reward of up to 250,000 U.S. dollars for …

  • U.S. imposes sanctions against people and companies linked to Putin’s associate Prigozhin

    The U.S. Treasury Department added three Russian individuals and five companies associated with Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin to the sanctions list.

    "Today, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury took further action as part of ongoing sanctions efforts against financier Evgeny Prigozhin, targeting companies located in Sudan, Hong Kong and Thailand that allowed him to avoid U.S. sanctions. The current bet makers have directly contributed to …

  • ‘Putin’s chef’ intends to sue US authorities for $50 billion

    Concord, which is owned by Evgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Vladimir Putin, is preparing a lawsuit against the U.S. authorities, accusing them of illegal prosecution and sanctions. According to Prigozhin’s statement, which was published by Concord’s press service, the amount of the lawsuit is $50 billion

    The businessman's statement comes after the U.S. Department of Justice asked the court to drop charges against Russian companies Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering, …

  • U.S. urges EU to impose sanctions on ‘Putin’s Chef’

    Senate senior minority leader Chuck Schumer and four other senators have asked the European Union to impose sanctions on Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin because his of involvement in the meddling in the upcoming presidential election, the Foreign Relations Committee said in a statement.

    The senators accused the businessman and his companies of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    "As the presidential election in the United States draws closer, our concerns about foreign …

  • Putin’s chef’s company wins oil rights in Syria

    The Russian companies Mercury and Velada, which the Syrian government has authorized to develop three oil and gas fields in the country, are linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Concord company, claims the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

    In December 2019, the Syrian Arab News Agency and The Syria Times reported that Syrian parliament had approved contracts to explore, develop and extract oil with two Russian companies (Velada and Mercury Ltd). Novaya Gazeta claims that both companies are linked to …

  • Kremlin’s investigation: Murder of Russian journalists in Central African Republic was motivated by robbery

    Russian investigators have concluded that the killing of the three Russian journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2018 was done with the goal of robbing them, said Igor Krasnov, deputy head of the Investigative Committee, as cited by Interfax.

    “The established circumstances of the attack indicate that the murder was committed with the goal of robbery by residents of the CAR and adjacent countries who systematically commit severe crimes in this region,” said Krasnov.

    On July 28, 2 …