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Yevgeny Prigozhyn. Dark horse of the Putin’s system

Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin was born in Leningrad on June 1, 1961. There is no information about his father, who died when Eugene was seven. “My father died early, and my mother worked in a hospital. Not in leadership positions. Plus, we had a grandma. Thus, together with a sick great-grandmother, we had to survive for a rouble and a half per day,” later recalled Prigozhin. His mother, Violetta Kirovna (born December 1, 1939), was an infectious disease specialist, later defended her PhD thesis, and was working as a professor. Now she is a successful businesswoman, the owner of the Concord construction company, which built the elite residential complex Northern Versailles in the Lakhta district, St. Petersburg, as well as the Lakhtapark residential complex for 490 apartments and 60 cottages, and the Lakhta-Plaza hotel complex. He is fond of art and collects paintings. Yevgeny was raised by his stepfather, ski instructor Samuil Zharkoy.

In 1977, Yevgeny graduated from the sports boarding school No. 62 (now the College of the Olympic Reserve No. 1). He was engaged in cross-country skiing, to which his stepfather was addicted. “We rolled in a day, sometimes 50 km. Alone with myself, I can go very long distances,” said Prigozhin in the only interview with the St. Petersburg magazine City 812. He studied alongside such celebrities of Soviet sports as swimmer Vladimir Salnikov and three-time Olympic champion gymnast Alexander Dityatin.

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Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin was born in Leningrad on June 1, 1961. There is no information about his father, who died when Eugene was seven. “My father died early, and my mother worked in a hospital. Not in leadership positions. Plus, we had a grandma. Thus, together with a sick great-grandmother, we had to survive for a rouble and a half per day,” later recalled Prigozhin. His mother, Violetta Kirovna (born December 1, 1939), was an infectious disease specialist, later defended her PhD thesis, and was working as a professor. Now she is a successful businesswoman, the owner of the Concord construction company, which built the elite residential complex Northern Versailles in the Lakhta district, St. Petersburg, as well as the Lakhtapark residential complex for 490 apartments and 60 cottages, and the Lakhta-Plaza hotel complex. He is fond of art and collects paintings. Yevgeny was raised by his stepfather, ski instructor Samuil Zharkoy.

In 1977, Yevgeny graduated from the sports boarding school No. 62 (now the College of the Olympic Reserve No. 1). He was engaged in cross-country skiing, to which his stepfather was addicted. “We rolled in a day, sometimes 50 km. Alone with myself, I can go very long distances,” said Prigozhin in the only interview with the St. Petersburg magazine City 812. He studied alongside such celebrities of Soviet sports as swimmer Vladimir Salnikov and three-time Olympic champion gymnast Alexander Dityatin.

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