A Russian political analyst has said that the Wagner Group chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin is in fact “alive and well.”
Dr Valery Solovey who is a former professor at Moscow’s prestigious Institute of International Relations, which trains spies and diplomats as said in a warning to Vladimir Putin that Prigozhin is “preparing for revenge” against the Russian despot.
On Wednesday 23 August Prigozhin’s private jet was “downed” by a missile sanctioned by Putin, but in fact it was the Wagner chiefs body double who was onboard.
Solovey said, “the plane in which Yevgeny Prigozhin was supposed to fly was downed by a Russian air defence system.”
He added, “Prigozhin himself was not on board, his double was flying instead of him.”
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Solovey said that top Kremlin officials planned the secret plot to assassinate Prigozhin after his short-lived mutiny against Putin on 23 June.
The assassination was “developed” by Russia’s Security council and Putin personally “sanctioned” this.
Prigozhin is now living somewhere in the world with “£1.6 billion” and Solovey said that this “is more than enough for revenge” against Putin and his regime.
He added, “How did he end up alive while his close people died?
“He intends to take revenge for having been faced with such a choice.
“He intends to take revenge on people who were intending to destroy him, and destroyed people close to him.”
Ksenia Sobchak who is known as Putin’s goddaughter said that her “felling is we are burying [Prigozhin] too early.”
Last Wednesday evening it took the Russian authorities just “three minutes” to announce that Prigozhin was killed when his private jet crashed north of Moscow.
It took the Russian authorities just “three minutes” to announce that Prigozhin’s name was on the “passenger list” along with Wagner Group co-founder Dmitry Utkin.
Pro-Ukraine Twitter use Igor Sushko said that “The Russian government clearly prepared the announcement. Entire situation is very suspect.”
Sushko said that he believes that the death of Prigozhin and Wagner Group co-founder are “likely false.”
Sushko wrote on Twitter, “Likely false claims being made that Prigozhin of Wagner PMC was killed in a plane crash near Moscow in Tver. This stinks of Prigozhin’s own plot to disappear.”
Sushko further said it is very suspicious that Prigozhin was listed as a passenger and the fact more than one explosion was heard before the crash, along with how quickly Wikipedia pages of Prigozhin were changed to mirror his alleged death.
Sushko added, “There will be no body to identify. Although it would not be surprising if further planted ‘evidence’ from the crash site will be published.
“Overall, the information operations to categorically convince the public that Prigozhin is dead are way too aggressive to be real.”
Alicia Kearns, the Conservative chair of the Commons Foreign Affairs committee, also suggested the speed at which Russian authorities confirmed Prigozhin was on the private jet “should tell us everything we need to know.”
She added, “For Putin there is one unforgivable sin: the betrayal of Putin and Russia.
“He hunts down those he perceives to be traitors, (including) on British shores, such as Alexander Litvinenko and Sergei Skripal.
“Now Yevgeny Prigozhin has been added to that list, ending Putin’s humiliation.”
Keir Giles, a Russia expert of the think tank Chatham House, has urged caution over the reports of Prigozhin’s death.
According to the Associated Press, Giles said “multiple individuals have changed their name to Yevgeny Prigozhin, as part of his efforts to obfuscate his travels.”