Russia's Putin won't attend Prigozhin funeral - Kremlin

Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner mercenary group leader

© APA | Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner mercenary group leader

# 29 August 2023 13:09 (UTC +04:00)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has no plans to attend the funeral of Wagner mercenary group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

He told reporters the Kremlin did not know about the planned funeral arrangements, saying this was a matter for the family.

Prigozhin died when his business jet crashed last week, two months after he and his Wagner mercenaries staged a mutiny against Russian military commanders in which they took control of a southern city, Rostov, and advanced towards Moscow before turning back 200 km (125 miles) from the capital.

The Kremlin has rejected as an "absolute lie" the suggestion by some Western politicians and commentators that Putin ordered Prigozhin to be killed in revenge.

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