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Mercenary boss returns to Russia to collect money and guns

By Robyn Dixon and Catherine Belton

06 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

informed Summary

  1. Wagner group leader Yevgeniy Prigozhin is reportedly back in Russia, raising questions about his murky agreement with Vladimir Putin to relocate to Belarus to avoid charges for a failed insurrection.

RIGA, Latvia - Wagner mercenary leader Yevgeniy Prigozhin was in Russia on Thursday, according to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, raising further questions about the murky agreement under which Prigozhin avoided insurgency charges for a failed rebellion that posed a brazen challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin's authority.

The Kremlin, in announcing the agreement on June 24, had said that Prigozhin and fighters loyal to him could avoid prosecution by leaving Russia for Belarus. Russian authorities then quickly began dismantling Wagner's operations and the rest of Prigozhin's sprawling business empire.

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