Russia’s criminal case against Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin remains open despite a deal struck with the Kremlin that would allow the renegade warlord to avoid prosecution for leading a mutiny against President Vladimir Putin’s regime, media reported. average.
« The criminal case against Prigozhin has not been closed, » Russia’s state-run Ria Novosti newspaper said reported Monday, citing a « source from the Attorney General » and confirming the precedents Russian media reports, including from Russia’s other major state news outlet, TAX.
Russia’s internal intelligence service, the FSB, opened a criminal investigation into Prigozhin « for organizing an armed insurrection » on Friday night when the leader of the Wagner paramilitary group declared war on Russia’s military establishment.
The insurrection ended Saturday evening, with some Wagner mercenaries some 200 kilometers from Moscow, after an agreement was reached between the Kremlin, Minsk and Wagner under which all fighters of the group involved in the mutiny would escape the prosecution and Prigozhin would leave for Belarus.
Prigozhin has not communicated publicly since then and his current whereabouts remain unknown. He hasn’t been seen since he left the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don for a rock star reception on Saturday night.