Yevgeny Prigozhin

The latest on Yevgeny Prigozhin. A confidant of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Prigozhin is nicknamed "Putin's Chef" for hosting Putin and a number of supporters of Putin at Prigozhin's restaurants. Prigozhin owns a number of companies with ties to spying and interfering in the 2016 and 2018 U.S. elections. He's also been linked to the Wagner Group.

Wagner Group's Battlefield Demotion Is Good—for Wagner

Despite Wagner's prominence in Ukraine, there exists a long, complicated, and tenuous relationship between Wagner's head and the upper brass of Russia's Ministry of Defense (MoD). This has been amplified by Prigozhin frequently criticizing Russian military leadership, complaining of their unwillingness to resupply Wagner fighters while also claiming credit for delivering tactical victories by capturing places like Popasna and Soledar.