Earlier, Prigozhin filed a lawsuit to protect honor, dignity and business reputation because of Shenderovich’s statements on the Echo channel. – Legal department of Evgeny Prigozhin’s “Concord” reportedthat she sent a statement to the Sokolniki police department in Moscow to initiate a criminal libel case.
The statement is connected with the statements of Shenderovich on the air of “Echo of Moscow”, which the St. Petersburg court recognized as untrue.
“We draw your attention to the fact that all journalists who allow themselves rude, cynical and inaccurate statements about Yevgeny Viktorovich will be prosecuted not only financially, but also criminally,” the Concorde warned.
It follows from the statement that Prigozhin disputes the allegations that he sponsors the Wagner PMC and is a murderer.
On December 30, the Russian Ministry of Justice included Viktor Shenderovich in the register of mass media performing the functions of a “foreign agent”.
Recidivist criminal Yevgeny Prigozhin, convicted of theft, fraud and involvement of minors in criminal activities, is now known as “Putin’s chef” (he organizes Kremlin dinners), sponsor of Wagner PMC and owner of the largest troll factory. The source of his income is exclusive access to government contracts for food (including in the Ministry of Defense and schools), and, despite constant scandals with mass poisoning (which attracted the attention of even the military counterintelligence of the FSB), these contracts are constantly extended and feed a huge army of trolls, mercenaries and provocateurs. Prigozhin’s mercenaries, which are usually referred to as Wagner PMCs (although Wagner, aka Dmitry Utkin, is only one of the mercenary commanders), are involved in many operations abroad, in many cases (as, for example, during the invasion of Ukraine) under the direct command of GRU.
In addition, Prigozhin’s structures are mining precious stones in the CAR and are showing interest in gold mines and woodworking business.
In the summer of 2018, Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko, journalists from the Investigation Management Center, were killed in the Central African Republic. They went to the republic to shoot a film about PMC Wagner and the activities of Prigozhin’s structures. How later found out Meduza, the RIA FAN agency associated with Yevgeny Prigozhin’s “troll factory”, funded a trip to the Central African Republic for four employees to investigate the murder of journalists.