Wagner chief Evgeny Prigogine appears in the video “In Africa”

Wagner chief Evgeny Prigogine appears in the video “In Africa”

From our correspondent in Moscow,

The first postcard from Wagner’s post-rebellion chief appeared in late July during the Russia-Africa summit. It was a photo where he was shaking hands with Freddy Mabuka, Chief of Protocol for the President of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadera.

According to the independent Russian media Fontanka, Evgeny Prigozhin was not behind the scenes of the summit, but rather in St. Petersburg, at his hotel.

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And this time, the first since the events that shook Russia at the end of last June, the mercenary leader appeared in front of the camera, in a short video.

“Justice and happiness for the African people! »

The video appeared in the middle of the night. Dressed in military uniform and carrying an assault rifle, all in a desert landscape, Evgeny Prigozhin claims that ” In Africa without specifying in which country.

We are working. The temperature is 50 degrees. Just as we like it. PMC Wagner conducts reconnaissance and research activities and makes Russia larger on all continents and freer in Africa. Justice and happiness for the African people! We are the nightmare of ISIS, Al Qaeda and other gangsters. We hire real champions and keep delivering on the tasks we’ve been given and promised to deliver! »

This video is broadcast widely on Telegram channels identified as close to Wagner, often accompanied by a phone number and email address for recruiting volunteers.

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Since the rebellion, Prigozhin’s men are officially no longer in the conflict zone of Ukraine. According to many observers, Chief Wagner now seeks above all to show the Russian power that he is still useful to him.

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