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Yevgeny Prigozhin: distraction or a threat to the system?

As Russia’s war against Ukraine, which Moscow continues to call a special military operation (the “SMO”), becomes increasingly deadlocked and pointless for the Kremlin, fundamental changes are taking place in the ranks of the key players responsible for the conduct of hostilities and their success. In the past few months, the position of Yevgeny Prigozhin has significantly increased in the media space. The curator of the most famous Russian PMC, a major businessman who is close to Putin, has turned into a military leader who single-handedly decides the fate of Russia directly on the battlefield.

Prigozhin is often cited as Putin’s main threat. However, his regular criticism of the military leadership of the Russian Federation is increasingly accompanied by harsh statements about political power, leading many to believe that the main target of Prigozhin’s criticism is the Russian president himself.

Ascolta closely follows Yevgeny Prigozhin’s activation in the media space. In our opinion, this task is a priority in his active public activity. Earlier, we frequently analysed his statements to better understand the functioning of the entire political system in Russia. Despite the increasingly persistent portrayal of “the main threat to the Putin regime” or the leader of the “party of war” that is being covered in the Western media and reports from several think tanks, we continue to view the figure of Yevgeny Prigozhin as part of the Kremlin’s political technology in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election.

For the first time, we put forward this theory back in early April when Prigozhin’s campaign into big politics began. In this material, we only conduct a deeper study of the process designed to convince the general public of the omnipotence of “Putin’s chef.”

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As Russia’s war against Ukraine, which Moscow continues to call a special military operation (the “SMO”), becomes increasingly deadlocked and pointless for the Kremlin, fundamental changes are taking place in the ranks of the key players responsible for the conduct of hostilities and their success. In the past few months, the position of Yevgeny Prigozhin has significantly increased in the media space. The curator of the most famous Russian PMC, a major businessman who is close to Putin, has turned into a military leader who single-handedly decides the fate of Russia directly on the battlefield.

Prigozhin is often cited as Putin’s main threat. However, his regular criticism of the military leadership of the Russian Federation is increasingly accompanied by harsh statements about political power, leading many to believe that the main target of Prigozhin’s criticism is the Russian president himself.

Ascolta closely follows Yevgeny Prigozhin’s activation in the media space. In our opinion, this task is a priority in his active public activity. Earlier, we frequently analysed his statements to better understand the functioning of the entire political system in Russia. Despite the increasingly persistent portrayal of “the main threat to the Putin regime” or the leader of the “party of war” that is being covered in the Western media and reports from several think tanks, we continue to view the figure of Yevgeny Prigozhin as part of the Kremlin’s political technology in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election.

For the first time, we put forward this theory back in early April when Prigozhin’s campaign into big politics began. In this material, we only conduct a deeper study of the process designed to convince the general public of the omnipotence of “Putin’s chef.”

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