Unofficial Telegram channels in Russia report that under the terms of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s will, his assets and control of his business empire were bequeathed to his 25-year-old son Pavel, CNN reported Monday, citing

Pavlo Prigozhin, son of Yevgeny PrigozhinPhoto: Not provided / WillWest News / Profimedia

In August, Evgeny Prigozhin, a former associate of Vladimir Putin and the owner of Wagner’s mercenary company, died in a plane crash.

One of the Telegram channels called “Port” claims to have received a copy of Prigozhin’s will and published its image. The document, believed to have been notarized on March 2, names Prigozhin’s 25-year-old son, Pavel, as the sole heir to his vast assets, including the Wagner group.

An unofficial source suggests that Pavlo Prigozhin filed an inheritance claim on September 8.

The port also claims that Pavlo is ready to collect all debts to his father, estimating that the Ministry of Defense of Russia owes Prigozhin’s business empire up to 800 million dollars. It is impossible to verify this figure, reports CNN.

Pavlo Prigozhin will actively negotiate the return of Wagner’s soldiers to the front in Ukraine

In June, after Prigozhin’s short-lived rebellion against the country’s military leadership, President Vladimir Putin announced that his companies had received 86 billion rubles (about $850 million) in funding from the Ministry of Defense between May 2022 and May 2023. In addition, Prigozhin’s Concord catering company earned 80 billion rubles from government contracts to supply food to the Russian military, Putin said at the time.

Telegram channels associated with “Wagner” report that Pavlo Prigozhin is actively negotiating the return of “Wagner” personnel to the combat zone in Ukraine. The claim cannot be verified, and it is unclear whether the Wagner fighters will be integrated into various military structures, CNN writes.

The Gray Zone Telegram channel, which has repeatedly written about Wagner and Yevgeny Prigozhin, said that Pavlo is negotiating with the elite Russian forces of Rosgvardia to return Wagner’s fighters to the war in Ukraine.

The Russian Guard received much of Wagner’s heavy weaponry after the private military company was disarmed in the wake of the uprising.

CNN says it cannot independently verify these accounts or the authenticity of the will.


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