Russian authorities have been quietly removing memorials to former Wagner Group mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, who died in a plane crash last month, weeks after leading a brief rebellion against Vladamir Putin.
The Kremlin has kept Prigozhin’s death as discreet as possible after his death in the fiery crash on August 23, a tactic underlined by Putin’s absence from Wagner’s boss’s funeral and the media being banned from attending his burial at the Porokhovskoye cemetery in St. Petersburg. Petersburg on August 29.
The funeral was “the culmination of a covert operation aimed at their elimination,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, a senior researcher at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center, adding that the operation was carried out under the supervision of security agencies and “shrouded in secrecy and involved.” deceptive tactics.”
Meanwhile, recruiting posters for the Wagner Group began to disappear after the June Rebellion failed and public monuments to the dead have disappeared since Prigozhin was overthrown.
Authorities have been tearing down memorials dedicated to slain Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin. SERGEI ILNITSKY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Someone is said to have even stolen a violin abandoned at Prigozhin’s grave (a nod to the mercenary group’s namesake, the German composer Richard Wagner), while another man tried, unsuccessfully, to take a mallet that had also been left at the site of the burial, which was another symbol of the group. who boasted of using the tool to beat traitors to death.
Since then, surveillance cameras have been installed on a tree near the grave and a guard monitors the site 24 hours a day.
An announced investigation into the plane crash that killed Prigozhin and nine others has yet to produce results and Moscow rejected an offer from Brazil, where the Embraer airliner was built, to help in the probe.
A woman pays tribute at an informal tribute to the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, in Moscow, Russia, on September 3, 2023.SERGEI ILNITSKY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
The Kremlin has kept Prigozhin’s death as discreet as possible after his death in the August 23 fire.AP
However, a preliminary assessment by US intelligence concluded that an intentional explosion caused the crash and Western officials have pointed to a long list of Putin’s enemies who have been killed.
The Kremlin responded to accusations that Putin was behind the crash, calling them an “absolute lie.”
With Pole Wires.