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PGOU declares Prigozhin a suspect

03.02.2023, 12:35
Photo: Andrei Yepikhin / TASS
Photo: Andrei Yepikhin / TASS

On February 2, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine declared the head of the private military company "Wagner" Evgeniy Prigozhin a suspect.

The according announcement was published in the "Uryadovyi Kurier" newspaper, reports Ukrinform.

Prigozhin is being charged with trespass against territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine (Part 3 of Article 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), waging an aggressive war against Ukraine (Chapter 2 of Article 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) and criminal offense committed by a group of persons (Chapter 2 of Article 28 of the Civil Code). The case against him was opened on September 9, 2022.

The newspaper also published a subpoena summoning Prigozhin to the Prosecutor General's Office for questioning. According to this document, Prigozhin as a suspect is supposed to attend an interrogation with the head of the first department of the office for procedural management of pre-trial investigations and support for public prosecution of the GPOU's Department of Combating Crimes Committed During Armed Conflicts, on February 13, 14, and 15 of this year .

As noted, both the suspicion notice and the subpoena are posted on the website of the Prosecutor General's Office in the section "Subpoenas and information on special pre-trial investigations", in Ukrainian as well as in Russian.

It will be recalled that Evgeniy Prigozhin, who used to be "Putin's personal chef", manages the PMC "Wagner" and is one of the key figures in the war that Russia is waging against Ukraine.

PMC "Wagner" is an armed group that is effectively not subject to the law, openly recruiting mercenaries from among convicts in penal colonies and currently fighting in the aggressive war against Ukraine. Many videos posted online show how Prigozhin personally recruiting convicts to go and fight on Ukrainian soil.

On January 20 of this year, the US Treasury declared PMC "Wagner" a "transnational criminal organization", which is supposed to result in new sanctions against it and its allies worldwide.

Threats and terrorist methods at large are quite characteristic of the Wagnerites. In November 2022, they killed their former fellow Evgeniy Nuzhin with a sledgehammer, and posted the video recording of the murder on the Internet. Almost immediately, as a transparent hint, Prigozhin sent a sledgehammer with smugges of fake blood, packed in a violin case, to the European Parliament.

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