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Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin’s tangled links to Vladimir Putin leave Kremlin in a bind

By Polina Ivanova and Max Seddon

07 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The Kremlin’s treatment of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the warlord who led the attempted coup in June, has been surprisingly lenient, reports the FT; that may be a sign of weakness.

Guns, drugs, gold bars, unconvincing wigs and a framed photo of severed heads — Russian state media this week deluged audiences with images they said were taken during a raid on the St Petersburg home of Wagner warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin.

But the attempt to discredit Prigozhin appeared mild in comparison with the retribution meted out to other opponents of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, such as the poisoned former spy Alexander Litvinenko and murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

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