(NationRise.com) – According to a pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia report, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the raid of Wagner mercenary group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s palace. The media outlet published numerous photos and videos of Russian authorities searching Prigozhin’s St Petersburg mansion. The investigators found stashes of gold bars as well as assault weapons with their ammunition. Additionally, the newspaper said that authorities discovered a framed photo of the severed heads of many of Prigozhin’s enemies in one of the rooms.
Some of the photos published by Izvestia also showed a large closet that contained numerous wigs of different styles and colors. Additional reports indicated the alleged pictures of the Wagner leader wearing these wigs were leaked to pro-Putin Russian telegram channels. Some users questioned Prigozhin’s sexual orientation based on these photos, while others claimed this was part of undercover operations.
Putin’s decision to raid Prigozhin’s palace came after the Wagner chief decided to execute an armed insurrection against the Russian regime. The assault was halted right before the private military group reached Moscow following negotiations between Prigozhin and Belarus’ dictator Alexander Lukashenko. After a deal was made between the two leaders, Prigozhin said that Wagner troops were returning to their “bases,” while he took a flight to the Belarusian capital Minsk.
Despite being exiled, Lukashenko revealed on July 6 that Prigozhin returned to St Petersburg. During a press conference, the dictator told reporters that the Wagner chief was “a free man,” adding that he recently had a phone conversation with him. He also told reporters he’s not “worried or concerned” about hosting the Wagner troops in Belarus. He pointed out he doesn’t believe this could represent a problem as he “knows” they aren’t going to “turn its weapons” against the Belarusian people.
Responding to Lukashenko’s claims about Prigozhin’s return to Russia, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Russian authorities aren’t “following his movements.”
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