Kremlin Photos Appear to Show Wagner’s Prigozhin in Bizarre Disguises

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  • Leaked images appear to show Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin in bizarre disguises. 
  • Prigozhin launched a short-lived mutiny against Russian leadership last month.
  • The photos, shared by pro-Kremlin Telegram channels, could be an attempt to humiliate the Wagner chief.

A bizarre series of leaked photos appear to show Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin in a series of comical disguises. 

The photos have been circulated widely by pro-Kremlin Telegram channels following Prigozhin’s failed mutiny against Russian leadership in what could be an attempt to humiliate the Wagner chief.

The photos show Prigozhin dressed in various wigs, fake beards, and costumes. Insider was unable to independently verify the images.

An analysis of the photos by The Guardian said they appeared to be genuine.

Russian news site URA said that the disguises show Prigozhin as: “a Ministry of Defense officer in Sudan, a diplomatic aide from Abu Dhabi, a senior lieutenant from Benghazi, a colonel from Tripoli, a merchant from Syria, and a field commander named Muhammad.”

The mercenary Wagner Group, which Prigozhin founded, is known for being active in Middle Eastern countries and Africa.

Some social media users compared Prigozhin’s disguises to Sacha Baron Cohen’s character General Aladeen in the 2012 comedy “The Dictator.”

The images circulated online after Russian media said police raided Prigozhin’s home and found a stash of gold bars, wigs, fake passports, and weapons.

One of the wigs in the photos can be matched with the images of the disguised warlord, The Guardian reported.

Reuters reported that Russian state television first shared the images of the raid on Wednesday in an attempt to discredit Prigozhin and accuse him of hypocrisy for saying Russia’s military is corrupt.

Prigozhin, who was once considered to be a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, launched a short-lived rebellion last month, with his forces taking over military headquarters in a key Russian city and starting marching towards Moscow.

Prigozhin ultimately called off his men and agreed to go into exile in neighboring Belarus, although Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko claimed this week that Prigozhin was in St Petersburg.

The Wagner Group’s mercenary fighters have played a key role in Russia’s war in Ukraine, spearheading efforts in key battlefronts, particularly in Bakhmut.

However, relations between their hot-headed leader and Russian military leadership soured as the former repeatedly accused the latter of not sending his fighters much-needed weapons and accused them of incompetence.

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