Prigozhin Secretly Buried: Wagner Chief Laid to Rest in Hometown Cemetery

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner paramilitary formation, was laid to rest in a discreet and private ceremony, according to an announcement from his company, Concord Management.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Prigozhin Secretly Buried: Wagner Chief Laid to Rest in Hometown Cemetery
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Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner paramilitary formation, was laid to rest in a discreet and private ceremony, according to an announcement from his company, Concord Management. The details of the funeral were kept under wraps, with the firm stating that the farewell took place in a "closed format".

Those who wish to pay their respects have been directed to visit Porokhovskoye cemetery, as noted by the press service's brief message on Telegram. It is worth noting that Russian President Vladimir Putin was conspicuously absent from the event.

The Kremlin confirmed a few hours prior that Putin would not attend Prigozhin's funeral. Shortly thereafter, Russian media reported sightings of a large gathering at the Serafimovsko cemetery in Saint Petersburg.

Tragedy Strikes: The Crash

The unfortunate demise of Yevgeny Prigozhin was accompanied by the tragic loss of several other individuals.

Two notable figures from Wagner, four of Prigozhin's bodyguards, and three crew members were also killed when Prigozhin's private Embraer Legacy 600 jet crashed to the north of Moscow.

White House Allegations and Kremlin's Response

In the wake of the crash, speculation and conjectures emerged, hinting at a possible assassination orchestrated by the Kremlin.

These insinuations were heightened when White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre remarked, “We all know that the Kremlin has a long history of killing opponents. It’s very clear what happened here”. Such an assertion from Jean-Pierre is the closest the US has come to suggesting that Putin might have directed the assassination of Prigozhin, especially after the latter's brief rebellion against the defence ministry over its approach to the Ukraine conflict.

However, the Kremlin has categorically denied these allegations. Branding the idea that Putin might have ordered the death of Prigozhin in retaliation for the June uprising as an “absolute lie”, the Kremlin reiterated its earlier statement that Putin would abstain from attending the funeral.

The circumstances surrounding Prigozhin's death, coupled with the international reactions, further underscore the intricate web of politics, power, and intrigue that often shrouds such events. With all eyes on Russia, the unfolding of this story will be closely watched by the world.

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