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Wagner After Prigozhin & the Next Putsch Attempt

Though Prigozhin had been a Hero of Russia, the country’s highest military honor, there was no honor guard, no military salute. State television largely skipped over his burial.
Though Prigozhin had been a Hero of Russia, the country’s highest military honor, there was no honor guard, no military salute. State television largely skipped over his burial. Photo: Pelagiya Tihonova/Getty Images
Julia Ioffe
August 29, 2023

On the day of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s funeral, journalists spotted his hearse at the Manege of the First Cadet Corps, a classical, Easter-yellow building on one of St. Petersburg’s famous embankments. The gate was blocked by a refrigerator of a man in a black leather jacket and black sunglasses. The building was closed, according to the security detail, “for a private event.” The details of when and where Prigozhin would be buried had been hard to find. The Kremlin was unsurprisingly tight-lipped except to say that Vladimir Putin would not be attending.