Updated Tuesday, August 29, 2023 – 20:28
The cemetery was left under strong police custody and only the closest relatives and friends of the Wagner leader attended.
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The secret has surrounded the preparations for goodbye to Evgeny Prigozhin until the last moment. The boss’s farewell Wagner was celebrated from private way in a graveyard on the outskirts of his hometown, St. Petersburg.
“The farewell to Evgeny Viktorovich took place in a closed format. Those who wish to say goodbye can visit the Porokhovskoye cemetery, “the press service said about him on Tuesday in a short message on Telegram, accompanied by a photo of Prigozhin. The place was under fort police custody, with security forces lined up along the perimeter. Inside, according to local media, agents every 10 meters.
The Kremlin was interested in the event did not become a great public exhibition of support for Prigozhin, who was a key player on the Ukrainian front but highly controversial for speaking openly about the shortcomings of the Russian army and its top officials. Traffic was cut around different cemeteries, creating huge traffic jams in various neighborhoods of Saint Petersburg.
The Kremlin had previously said that Vladimir Putin will not attend the funeral. Several countries have pointed to the Russian president as the prime suspectBut the Kremlin spokesman has rejected as an “absolute lie” the suggestion that Putin ordered his death in revenge for the riot.
In the Porojovskoye cemetery they informed the Russian media ‘Msk1’ that Evgeny Prigozhin was buried around 1:00 p.m.: “This is what the relatives wished.” Prigozhin died in a accident area on August 23, just two months after the day he organized a movement in the biggest internal challenge to Putin since he came to power in 1999.
Information about Evgeny Prigozhin’s funeral remained secret throughout Tuesday. The police helped by tightening security at several cemeteries at once. RIA Novosti confirmed, citing a source close to Prigozhin, that the funeral was held, according to the wishes of the relatives, only in his presence and together with his closest friends.
HIDING AMONG CEMETERIES
Two other prominent Wagner figures, four of Prigozhin’s bodyguards and three crew members, were also killed when their private Embraer Legacy 600 plane crashed north of Moscow. During the day on Tuesday at the North Cemetery in Saint Petersburg, they said goodbye to another of the passengers of the commercial plane and a senior manager of the Prigozhin network of companies, Valery Chekalov. There they expelled several cameras from the place with bad manners and threats.
During the day, the Russian media persecuted the entry of hearses by different cemeteries guarded by the police. State Duma deputy from the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party, Vasili Vlasov, was seen arriving at the Serafimovskoye cemetery. An employee of the Beloostrovsky cemetery commented during the day that “until Prigozhin is buried, the police will be in all the cemeteries,” according to what the ‘Fontanka’ media published.
The very arrival of guests led to confusion. At noon two funeral vehicles parked in the North Cemetery. In the group of mourners were Prigozhin’s personal bodyguard, Serguei Plashchenkowho was lucky not to get on the plane that crashed last week.
Another funeral for Wagner will be held on Thursday at the Mytishchi cemetery in Moscow, according to a source from a funeral company told the medium ‘MSK1.ru’. Strong police presence is expected because presumably he will be buried there Dimitri Utkin, Wagner’s commander. Like Prigozhin, Utkin was decorated as a Hero of Russia and is entitled to a cemetery like the one in Mytishchi, a commuter town north of the capital.
The disappearance of Prigozhin has not lessened the concern of neighboring countries. The governments of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have demanded that Belarus get Wagner’s mercenaries out of the country quartered there, who on more than one occasion have suggested the possibility of marching in the direction of Warsaw.
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