Prigozhin Issues New Message

Leader of failed rebellion tells supporters to watch for victories in Ukraine
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2023 5:15 PM CDT
Exiled Wagner Leader Says He Was Fighting Traitors
In this grab taken from video and released by Prigozhin Press Service on June 23, Yevgeny Prigozhin speaks during an interview.   (Prigozhin Press Service via AP, File)

Supporters hoping to hear from Yevgeny Prigozhin got their way Monday. After a week of public silence, the exiled head of the Wagner Group posted a 41-second voice message about his failed uprising in Russia last month, Politico reports. "I want you to understand that our 'March of Justice' was aimed at fighting traitors and mobilizing our society," Prigozhin says in the recording, adding a word about the war in Ukraine. "In the near future, I am sure that you will see our next victories at the front. Thanks guys!"

Prigozhin's location is still a mystery, though Belarus has said he arrived there last Tuesday. The director of his media operation announced Saturday that it was shutting down without giving a reason. The day before, Russia blocked user access to outlets that Patriot Media controlled, per Politico. Putin also has thanked the troops and security agencies who were on his side, per NPR, but without mentioning Prigozhin's name. (More Yevgeny Prigozhin stories.)

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