RBE Group, owned by Andrey Shokin, will cooperate with the military instead of Concord Catering Group, the Russian daily reported, citing an anonymous source.
Prigozhin was Vladimir Putin’s confidant for many years. “He is one of the Russian oligarchs who fell because of his ties to Putin. He owns so-called troll factories (Internet Research Agency, IRA) and numerous companies involved in the exploitation of natural resources (including Lobe Invest, M-Invest, M-Finance, M-Finance, Mero Gold, Europolis, Mercury, Weleda, Seva Security Services )” – wrote the Polish Institute of International Affairs in a March report.
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“Despite the sanctions, in 2018-2022, companies controlled by Prigozhin generated revenues of 250 million dollars.. “Exporting gold from Sudan is one of the most profitable practices,” PISM experts wrote in March.
On June 24, the Wagnerians captured the headquarters of Russian troops in Rostov-on-Don, and then began to advance towards Moscow. Prigozhin has long been at odds with part of the Russian military establishment He ordered the invasion of Ukraine and demanded that he “restore justice” to the military and remove Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu from power.
In the evening of the same day, Prigozhin announced the retreat and withdrawal of the mercenaries to the field camps “to avoid bloodshed”.
On August 23, Dmitry Utkin, including Prigozhin and other representatives of the Wagnerite leadership, died in a plane crash in the Tver region. According to most analysts, their deaths were the Kremlin’s revenge for the June uprising and the “March on Moscow”.
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