Putin won’t attend Wagner boss Prigozhin's funeral
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has no intentions of attending the funeral of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group. Peskov stated that the Kremlin was unaware of the funeral arrangements and indicated that this matter falls within the purview of Prigozhin's family.
Yevgeny Prigozhin met his demise in a tragic incident involving the crash of his private jet last week. This event occurred just two months subsequent to his involvement in a failed mutiny against Russian military commanders. During this rebellion, Prigozhin and his mercenaries attempted to seize control of the city of Rostov in the southern region of Russia. Their ambitions even extended to advancing towards Moscow, but they eventually retreated when they were approximately 200 kilometers (125 miles) away from the capital. At that time, President Putin condemned the uprising as an act of "treason." However, a negotiated settlement facilitated by the Kremlin spared Prigozhin from any retribution, effectively quelling the revolt.
Moreover, the Kremlin dismissed the assertion propagated by certain Western politicians and commentators that Putin had ordered Prigozhin's assassination as an act of reprisal. These claims were categorically denounced as an "outright falsehood." Following the plane crash, Vladimir Putin finally broke his silence and extended his condolences to Prigozhin's family.
Concurrently, a former British intelligence officer disclosed that he had received prior intelligence about a contract to eliminate Yevgeny Prigozhin. Christopher Steele revealed that he had been informed weeks ago by a source that influential members of the Russian business community had initiated a contract for Prigozhin's elimination. Steele, speaking to Sky News, speculated that the recent incident could potentially be a retaliatory strike orchestrated by a high-ranking figure within the Russian elite.