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Born in 1961 in Leningrad (now Petersburg), Prigozhin rose from a street vendor, Putin’s Chef through his grown number of catering businesses to global Politics.
He funded Unites Russia a political party in Russia, founded Wagner Group, a private military contractor that has been accused of carrying out human rights abuses in Ukraine and Syria and as well founded the “Internet Research Agency”, a troll farm that was involved in spreading disinformation and propaganda during the 2016 US presidential election.
Early Life and Career
Prigozhin was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in 1961. He began his career as a street vendor and later opened a hot dog stand. In the 1990s, he parlayed his hot dog stand into a restaurant which was frequented by the Deputy Mayor of Saint Petersburg. This connection helped Prigozhin to win government contracts for his catering businesses.
Yevgeny Prigozhin was a Russian businessman . He was the owner of a number of catering businesses and had also been involved in the mining, oil, and gas industries
Prigozhin was a complex and enigmatic figure who remained a key figure in Russian and global politics. His closeness to power in Russia saw him referred to as “Putin’s Chef”. He was a major donor to the far-right political party in Russia, United Russia. He was also the founder of the “Internet Research Agency”, a troll farm that was involved in spreading disinformation and propaganda during the 2016 US presidential election.
Allegations of wrong doing
Yevgeny Prigozhin was a Russian oligarch who had been accused of being a key figure in the Russian government. He was accused of using his restaurants to launder money for the Russian government.
He was the founder of the Wagner Group, a private military contractor that had been accused of carrying out human rights abuses in Ukraine and Syria.
He was also the owner of the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm accused of spreading disinformation on social media among other Russia interferences in the 2016 US presidential election.
The US Treasury Department had imposed sanctions on him for his activities, and the European Union had listed him as a person of interest in its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Prigozhin was reportedly killed in a plane crash in Russia on August 23, 2023.
The plane, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashed in the Tver region, about 180 kilometers northwest of Moscow. Ten people were also killed in the crash.
Prigozhin was a controversial figure who was accused of a wide range of wrongdoing. He will be remembered as a powerful figure in Russia and whose activities were closely scrutinized by the international community.