BONSERNEWS.com – The owner of private military contractor Wagner Group, Yevgeny Progozhin led his mercenaries into the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don today, Saturday (24/6/2023), while waging an armed uprising to overthrow the Russian Defense Minister.
Launching ABC News, Yevgeny Prigozhin accused Defense Minister Serger Shoigu of having ordered a rocket attack on the Wagner war camp in Ukraine, which killed 2,000 of his soldiers.
Yevgeny Prigozhin said his troops would punish Shoigu and appealed to the Russian troops not to put up a fight, threatening to destroy anyone who tried to stop them.
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“Those who destroyed our men, who destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of Russian soldiers, will be punished. I ask that no one put up a fight,” Yevgenyr Prigozhin said in the recording.
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied carrying out the rocket attack. Russian generals accuse Yevgeny Progozhin of orchestrating the coup.
Yevgeny Prigozhin started his career as a petty criminal. He was convicted of robbery and assault in 1981 and served 12 years in prison.
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After his release, Yevgeny Prigozhin opened a restaurant in St. Petersburg. Petersburg in the 1990s, where he befriended then Deputy Mayor and future President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
He used his relationship with Vladimir Putin to land lucrative government food service contracts and serve food in the Kremlin, earning him the nickname ‘Putin’s Chef’.
Yevgeny Prigozhin later expanded into the media, and was indicted in the United States for interfering in the 2016 presidential election through his infamous ‘troll factory’.
Yevgeny Prigozhin confirmed in January that he is the founder, chairman and financier of Wagner.
Wagner first became involved in a separatist conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea.
Russia can deny sending military personnel or supplies, by hiring private contract fighters to do their dirty work.