“Putin will not kill Prigozhin”, Lukashenko’s ‘promise’

Minsk: “The head of Wagner is in St. Petersburg”. Moscow: “It’s in Belarus”. Washington: “We don’t know where he is.” Born: “He Moves”

Where is Yevgeny Prigozhin? In Belarus? Or at his house in St. Petersburg, among ingots and weapons? The head of Wagner, two weeks after the revolt which stopped 200 km from Moscow and the Kremlin of Vladimir Putinis a shadow.

Between rumors of exile in Minsk and news according to which he would have recovered weapons and money, hypotheses chase each other. “If you think Putin is so malicious and vindictive as to ‘wipe him out’ tomorrow, no, that won’t happen,” says the Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko, who 15 days ago played the role of mediator bringing – apparently – Prigozhin back on the right path. The Wagner was essentially broken up in Russia. But Putin, says Lukashenko, is not planning revenge. Not immediately, at least. Also for this reason, therefore, Prigohzin “is in St. Petersburg” according to the Belarusian president, perhaps in the residence where the Russian services found weapons, money, gold bars and assorted disguises during the days of the revolt.

The Kremlin is formally disinterested. “We have neither the opportunity nor the desire” to track Evgheny Prigozhin’s movements, said Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov. The Kremlin assures that last Saturday’s statements, when Moscow and Minsk discussed Prigozhin’s transfer to Belarus, continue to be valid.

The United States is observing the evolution of the situation. The White House has no information on the whereabouts of the leader and founder of the Wagner group. “I have no new details to provide about his whereabouts or anything else concerning Prigozhin or the Wagner group,” Deputy White House spokesman Andrew Bates told reporters, limiting himself to stating that Washington “continues to monitor the situation.” .

Another piece to the mosaic is added by Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary general. “We’ve seen some preparations to host large groups of Wagner soldiers in Belarus, but so far we haven’t seen many go to Belarus,” he says. And Prigozhin? “He’s moving around a little bit,” he says, with a formula that neither rules out nor confirms anything.