Yevgeny Prigozhin: The Ex-Convict Leading Rebellion Inside Russia

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– Born 1st June 1961 in Leningrad, St Petersburg.

– In 1981, sentenced to twelve years imprisonment for robbery and fraud.

– Began selling hot dogs in 1990 after early release from prison.

– Expanded business operations in 1995, ran popular and successful restaurants.

– Grew closer to Russian President Vladimir Putin in the 2000s, served international leaders including former Presidents Jacques Chirac (France) and George Bush (USA).

– Became known as “Putin’s chef”, had received government contracts and grew increasingly wealthy.

– Established Wagner Group in 2014 to support Russian forces in the war in Donbas.

– Operations expanded to Syria and Africa, and became key player in 2022 Ukraine War.

– His troops led a successful campaign to take Bakhmut earlier this year.

– Now leading rebellion against Putin and Russia’s military.

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