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Wigs, a sledgehammer, gold bars and a lot of icons – Russian media prints photos alleged to be from Prigozhin's house

Wednesday, 5 July 2023, 22:07
Wigs, a sledgehammer, gold bars and a lot of icons – Russian media prints photos alleged to be from Prigozhin's house
All photos by Izvestia

The pro-Kremlin media outlet Izvestia has published photos and videos alleged to have been taken in the mansion and office of Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner Group, where searches have been conducted. Items found in the house include a lot of weapons, boxes of cash, wigs, a sledgehammer "for negotiations", and a private prayer room with a large number of icons.

Source: Izvestia; Russian Telegram channels

Details: Izvestia writes that the footage of the searches at Prigozhin's apartment was made available to them on 5 July. 

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All photos by Izvestia
 
 

The video shows Russian security forces breaking into the courtyard of the two-storey mansion.

 
 

The extensive grounds have their own helipad, and the house has a swimming pool, sauna, gym and medical room.

 
 

In addition, judging by the photos, a whole arsenal of weapons complete with ammunition was found in the mansion, along with gold bars, several passports, wigs, bundles of cash, and a private prayer room with a huge candle-holder and a large number of icons.

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Previously: Russian media previously reported that Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner Group, arrived in St Petersburg in person on 4 July, where weapons seized during searches were returned to him. It was also reported that Prigozhin was given back RUB 10 billion [approx. US$111,313 million – ed.] which security officials had found during searches in St Petersburg following his attempted rebellion.

For reference: Russian pro-war media and Telegram channels are claiming that between 13 and 20 people died as a result of the Wagnerite mutiny.

The Russian army also lost equipment: according to Important Stories, the losses comprise three Mi-8 electronic-warfare helicopters, one Mi-8 transport helicopter and two attack helicopters, a Ka-52 and a Mi-35M, as well as an Il-22M command post aircraft and two armoured cars, a Kamaz and a Tiger. The Wagner Group lost two UAZs, one KAMAZ and a VPK-Ural armoured car.

The Russian service of Radio Svoboda (Liberty), citing estimates made by the Dutch project Oryx, reports that the Wagnerites shot down an Il-22M aircraft and six Russian army helicopters during the mutiny. 

Putin acknowledged the death of Russian pilots during the rebellion but made no high-profile statements on the episode. The Russian dictator did call a meeting with the heads of law enforcement agencies, but he merely thanked them for "suppressing" the Wagner Group mercenaries’ rebellion. Putin also thanked the Wagnerites for "not going on to commit fratricidal bloodshed".

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