Yevgeny Prigozhin told how the Wagner group appeared and how he is related to its emergence. Previously, the owner of Concord has repeatedly denied any connection with the PMC
Businessman, owner of the Concord group Yevgeny Prigozhin said that in 2014 he created a group, which later became known as PMC Wagner. The entrepreneur's commentary outlining the circumstances of this event was published by the press service of the Concorde company. on the VKontakte social network.
Prigozhin answered the question why he stopped denying his involvement in the Wagner PMC, although he had previously denied his connection with it.
“For a long time I avoided the blows of many opponents with one main goal— so as not to substitute these guys, who are the basis of Russian patriotism. And he won on this occasion in numerous courts, including abroad, because in any case there should always be a place for sports and matches must be won on the opponent’s field, — said Prigogine.
According to Prigozhin, in 2014, “when the genocide of the Russian population of Donbass began,” and “Russia jumped on the last engine and managed to block the arrival of the Ukrainian army in Crimea,” he, along with “many other businessmen,” tried to “dial a group that will go and protect the Russians.
“But very quickly I realized that among all these“ Cossacks ” and other paramilitary comrades— half of the scammers, and half of those who took the money, hired volunteers and sent them naked, barefoot to a real death. Then I flew to one of the training grounds and did it myself. I myself cleaned the old weapons, figured out the bulletproof vests myself and found specialists who could help me with this. From that moment, on May 1, 2014, a group of patriots was born, which later acquired the name BTG (battalion tactical group.— RBC) «Wagner». It was solely thanks to their courage and courage that the liberation of the Lugansk airport and many other territories became possible, and the fate of the LPR and DPR radically changed, — reported Prigozhin.
According to him, after that, for eight long years, “every curious journalist and every shameless bastard poked around in the sweaty underwear of PMC Wagner in an attempt to find a negative.” At the same time, according to him, “these guys— the heroes who defended the Syrian people, other peoples of the Arab countries, destitute Africans and Latin Americans, became one of the pillars of our Motherland.
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In October 2020, the European Union imposed sanctions against Prigozhin, accusing him of involvement in financing Wagner's private military company and supporting the supply of weapons to Libya. Prigozhin then said that he had no business interests in Libya. “Now I will meet less often with friends from the European Parliament, many of whom are very decent people who, like me, are supporters of conservative values and wholly support me,” — the press service of his company “Concord” quoted Prigozhin as saying: on VKontakte.
Also, Prigozhin challenged the accusations of having links with the Wagner PMC in the courts. In February, he appealed to the EU court, demanding the removal of the text justifying his inclusion in the European sanctions lists as a sponsor of the PMC Wagner. Also in June 2021, Prigozhin sued the editor-in-chief of the Ekho Moskvy radio station. Alexei Venediktov (included in the list of foreign media agents), who called him “the owner of Wagner PMC”; live radio station. At the Concorde clarified that Prigozhin requires the defendants to admit that he is not the owner of Wagner PMC, refute these words and remove this wording from the site.
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