Wagner’s warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin avoided death when his plane crashed near Moscow and is now hiding in Venezuela, a Russian political analyst has claimed.
He is “alive and well” on the Caribbean island paradise of Margarita, according to Dr. Valery Solovey, who also claims that Vladimir Putin is terminally ill and that all current appearances by the Kremlin president are made by two controlled lookalikes by the secret services.
Ukrainian military intelligence this week raised the possibility that billionaire Prigozhin is still alive.
The agency said it could not confirm his death.
But Solovoy – considered by some to be a conspiracy theorist – declared without providing proof: “I promised to tell where (Yevgeny Prigozhin) is.
The boss of billionaire Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, right, has escaped the wrath of Vladimir Putin and is currently living in the Caribbean, a Russian analyst has claimed.
Valery Solovoy says Prigozhin is keeping a low profile until Vladimir Putin dies, when he will be free to return to Russia
Solovoy claims Prigozhin is hiding on the Venezuelan island of Margarita
“He is in Venezuela…
“As far as I know, he’s on an island called Margarita….”
Solovoy claimed his sources said Prigozhin was warned of the impending plane crash and given a route to avoid being on board.
“Evgeny Prigozhin was warned of his assassination… that his plane would be destroyed,” he said.
“Yes, he has been warned.”
He claimed that an agreement had been reached between Putin and his presidential security chief, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council.
“They developed the ‘trick’ that we observed,” he said.
“When Wagner’s top commanders died (in the plane crash), Yevgeny Prigozhin remained alive and healthy.”
On August 27, Russian authorities confirmed that Prigozhin had died in the explosion of his plane near Moscow on August 23.
Prigozhin has been ordered to keep a low profile, but he may be allowed to return after Putin’s death to lead a force of 5,000 Wagner mercenary fighters who will remain armed and ready for use in the event of an imminent battle between competing clans for the ultimate power, according to Solovey’s fantasy. version.
“They agreed on cooperation in a critical situation,” he said.
This means that Prigozhin remains in hiding for now.
“Up to 5,000 mercenaries could be under Prigozhin’s control,” he said.
“These fighters are supposed to be used as a death squad, to get rid of those who try to resist the (new power) coalition (linked to Patrushev).”
He claimed that Prigozhin’s assets, including diamonds, gold and cash, were divided, with a seventh kept by Prigozhin, with the rest going to “structures controlled by Vladimir Putin’s family.”
The real Putin is sick and may not survive the fall, according to his doctors, he said.
Two body doubles are used for an increasing number of appearances.
“Putin’s double, or more precisely both doubles, are controlled by the Federal Protection Service (FSO),” he said.
Ukraine’s military intelligence agency GUR said this week it could confirm the death of Wagner’s military commander, Dmitry Utkin, 53, and other army mercenaries in the Embraer Legacy 600 plane crash from the Tver region, but refused to do so about Prigozhin.
A spokesperson said: “We have to operate with confirmed facts, we still have to wait.”
He said: “I will just focus on the fact that we can confirm the death of Utkin and several other Prigozhin associates.”
The Telegram Brief channel said Russia had filed full details of the air crash in which the warlord is believed to have died.
“According to inside sources, the case of the Embraer plane crash has been classified as ‘secret’ and a special control has been established on the elements of the file, so that no information can be released to the media without authorization”, said a statement. report.
Solovey – a former professor at the prestigious Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), a training academy for spies and diplomats – said Prigozhin is “enjoying life in a very good resort”.
After the air accident, the remains of the warlord were identified by DNA analysis, Russian authorities said at the time.
A close associate of Prigozhin, Maxim Shugaley, said he was sure that Prigozhin – whose funeral was held in St. Petersburg – was dead, murdered either by elements in Russia or abroad.
“I was also silent for a long time, but now I want to write about what I feel,” he said.
“My thoughts may seem controversial to some….
“So the first question everyone asks is: is he alive or not?
“The answer for me is unequivocal: (he) is no more.”