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Yevgeny Prigozhin resurfaces with video message from Africa

Prigozhin in Africa

Yevgeny Prigozhin, possibly still leader of the Wagner group, with close ties to the Kremlin and often dubbed “Putin’s chef,” has released a video message from Africa, marking his return to the public eye after a period of relative silence. In the video, Prigozhin addressed the recent setback in his military ventures and shared insights into his current activities on the African continent.

The video, which appears to be Prigozhin’s first public appearance since the aborted coup attempt in Russia, showcases him in an undisclosed location in Africa (we think in the sahel region). Speaking confidently, he emphasized that he is “fulfilling the tasks that we promised to solve,” alluding to his alleged involvement in various controversial endeavors across the globe.

Prigozhin’s Reputation and Activities Yevgeny Prigozhin has gained notoriety for his suspected involvement in Russia’s information warfare campaigns and his association with the Wagner Group, a private military company allegedly used by the Kremlin for covert operations. He has been accused of orchestrating disinformation campaigns, cyber attacks, and even playing a role in influencing elections in multiple countries.

In the past, Prigozhin has been linked to the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm responsible for spreading propaganda and misinformation online. He has also been indicted by the United States for his alleged role in interference operations during the 2016 US presidential election.

Return to the Spotlight After keeping a relatively low profile in recent months, Prigozhin’s video message marks a renewed attempt to project influence and control. In the video, he mentioned the need for “bogatyri,” a term referring to legendary heroes in Russian folklore known for their strength and courage. The exact context of this reference remains unclear, but it may be an allusion to his endeavors in Africa and his ambitions to overcome challenges.

Prigozhin’s African Ambitions While details of Prigozhin’s activities in Africa remain murky, he hinted at the involvement of “giants” or “giraffes” – a term often used metaphorically in Russian political and business contexts. Speculations abound regarding the nature of these activities, with some analysts suggesting they could involve resource extraction, security operations, or even geopolitical maneuvering.

Based on OSINT information we know that a Russian military plane (IL-76) landed today in Burkina Faso.

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