Yevgeny Prigozhin has been dead for several weeks, but he has become a Halloween hero in Russia. While this all sounds like a joke, it really isn’t a joke. You can buy a mask online that claims to be a fairly accurate reproduction of Putin’s former “chef” face.
We don’t know if the Russian authorities will buy this joke and if it will be liked by the Moscow elite. Perhaps, Vladimir Putin will laugh out loud, after all, he took Yevgeny Prigozhin seriously after the rebellion. Perhaps this helped him become a hero in the memory of the Russians, because he was about to be executed.
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Yevgeny Prigozhin and Halloween? Well, someone in Russia came up with a plan and decided to make money On the fame of the former oligarch, “Vladimir Putin’s chef” and founder of the Wagner Group. The feeling of our countrymen about the man who challenged the Kremlin elites is still great, so someone decided to cash in on it.
A mask depicting Yevgeny Prigozhin’s face can be purchased online, reflecting his facial features very faithfully. Buying a mask is expensive. One costs 7,800 rubles or approximately PLN 350.
But is it better not to irritate the Russian authorities? For them, the oligarchy is an unpleasant memory.
Rebellion and death of Yevgeny Prigozhin in Russia
For years, Yevgeny Prigozhin was one of Vladimir Putin’s most loyal supporters. He had contracts to feed his troops, ran troll farms, and led a mercenary force calling themselves the Wagner Group. The war in Ukraine and the conflict between the oligarchs and the military high command changed everything.
Prigozhin was highly critical of the army’s incompetence on the battlefield and of his main opponents Generals Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov were present. In May 2023, he withdrew his mercenaries from the front, and on June 23, he rebelled against the authorities and marched towards Moscow. It seemed that civil war would break out in Russia.
However, the Wagnerites’ march was halted, and Putin swore revenge on his protégé. He kept his word, because it was on his orders that the plane in which Prigozhin was traveling with the commanders of the Wagner group was assassinated. On August 23, their Embraer Legacy 600 was shot down at Kuzenkino, killing all on board.
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