“[The elite] truly fear Prigozhin as a possible alternative to Putin.
Instead, it is Prigozhin’s empire that will now crumble, ending a decade of his schemes and tricks doing some of the Kremlin’s dirtiest work.
Prigozhin had for years denied that he was the founder of the organisation until earlier this year.
It was founded to protect the Russian information space from boorish aggressive propaganda of anti-Russian narrative from the west.”.
Many of Prigozhin’s tactics, from online social sabotage to recruiting convicts from prisons, have since been adopted by the Russian government.
And his media presence, which was both grating and compelling, made him an overnight star as his conflict with the defence ministry heated up.
For some wealthy Russians, Prigozhin is now synonymous with the chaos of a potential battle for power in Russia. »