Prigozhin death, funeral held privately: Putin absent

Almost a week after 23 August, the day of the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin aboard the Embraer Legacy 600 which crashed in Tver, while flying between Moscow and St. Petersburg, the funeral of the former leader of the brigade was held privately today Wagner. After a considerable deployment of security forces in St. Petersburg, Prigozhin’s funeral took place in the presence of only his family in a cemetery on the outskirts of his hometown, St. Petersburg: “The farewell to Evgenij Viktorovich took place in closed doors. Those wishing to say goodbye to him can visit Porokhovskoye cemetery,” reads a short Telegram post. (RUSSIAN WAR – UKRAINE)

Putin’s absence

Yesterday Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said he still did not have any information on where and when the funeral would be held, announcing that President Vladimir Putin would not attend the funeral, specifying that the funerals were a family matter. In the meantime, there are still many doubts about Prigozhin’s death, in fact the causes of the crash have not been officially clarified, even if a large part of Russian public opinion and Western governments believe that the private plane of the head of Wagner was shot down deliberately. Prigozhin, whose mercenaries fought alongside the regular Russian army in Ukraine for months, instigated a mutiny against the army’s leadership in June, which ended after less than 24 hours.