Russia’s security service has reportedly found £38million in cash after raiding the Wagner HQ in St Petersburg.
Yevgeny Prigozhin has confirmed that a large amount of money, which was stashed in a van and two buses on the property, was found during the raid by Putin‘s FSB troops – and belongs to the mercenary group.
He provided no detail of how much the stash was worth, but earlier Russian media outlets reported it was around £4billion rubles, or £38million.
In an audio message on Telegram he explained that the funds are dedicated to covering compensation payments of killed Wagner soldiers.
‘Wagner has been operating for the past 10 years using only cash – as agreed in our contract. I fully adhere to it,’ he said.
No one can say the warning signs were not there. As his Wagner mercenaries have been dying in their thousands in the meat grinders of Ukraine, Prigozhin has for the past few months begun raging against the Chief of Staff of the Russian armed forces, Valery Gerasimov, and the Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu, for their lack of support. According to him: it was a calculated betrayal. Many thought he crossed a line by referring to Putin himself as a ‘d***head’ in a video rant posted online last month.