Navalny asks FSB to investigate Putin's cook
In their new documentary, the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) tell the story of the success and lifestyle of Evgeny Prigozhin.
The notable opposition member Alexey Navalny and his colleagues from FBK have resumed the investigation of Evgeny Prigozhin’s multi-billion-dollar empire. Prigozhin has been dubbed in the media as Putin's personal chef. In the video, Navalny argues that the businessman’s successful career was made possible thanks to personal knowledge of the Russian President and his inner circle. After publishing the investigation, Navalny appealed to the Federal Security Service (FSB) with a request to check if the billionaire’s activities were legal.
According to materials of the investigation, Prigozhin was repeatedly convicted and spent a total of 9 years in prison. After the collapse of the USSR, he managed to open a small restaurant, where in 2001 he received Vladimir Putin, personally serving the dishes to the president. It was then that he made friends with the president’s circle.
Navalny claims that since then Prigozhin’s career started climbing on coat-tales. In 2003, he organized a gala dinner on the president's birthday, five years later he served the guests at the inauguration of Dmitry Medvedev.
Starting 2010, the businessman’s companies have been carrying out major state contracts on the supply of food to Moscow schools, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and even the army. In addition, Prigozhin’s companies are engaged in cleaning, maintenance of military camps, supply of fuel for boilers, construction, and repair of facilities of the Ministry of Defense.
Referring to social networks, the FBK tells about the luxurious lifestyle that billionaire and his family lead. They own a private jet, a yacht for the 5 billion EUR, a collection of luxury cars, and plots of land (1.3 hectares in St. Petersburg and 4 hectares in Gelendzhik).
Moreover, the opposition member mentions the so-called troll factory in Olgino — a project that attracts people who publish pro-government posts and comments on the Internet. According to media reports, this organization is funded by Prigozhin’s companies.
This FBK investigation is not the first material published about Putin's cook, and in most cases the authors of these articles have been attacked by unidentified people. Recently, a journalist from the Echo of Moscow radio station Yulia Latynina was doused with feces after publishing a material about Prigozhin. The businessman is also allegedly involved in a series of attacks on opposition activists in St. Petersburg.