A photograph from 2006 shows Yevgeny Prigozhin serving dinner to then-President George W. Bush.
Bush said he was surprised to learn he'd met Prigozhin, now believed dead, in person.
Former President George W. Bush said on Sunday that he was shocked to discover Yevgeny Prigozhin — the Wagner Group's founder — served him dinner more than 17 years ago.
A photo dated July 14, 2006, shows the moment Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, met Prigozhin when the couple dined with Putin.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin listens to his US counterpart George W. Bush prior to a dinner 14 July 2006.
However, they turned around a day later after Prigozhin struck a deal with Putin and went into exile. »