26 Jun 2023

How Yevgeny Prigozhin rose from caterer to warlord

Yvegeny Prigozhin took advantage of first Yeltsin’s and then Putin’s Russia to rise from a St Petersburg gangster, to a Kremlin caterer, to now one of Russia’s pre-eminent warlords.

Vladimir Putin has often skillfully played off competing factions to ensure that he’s stayed on top of the pile for two decades.

But could his divide-and-rule strategy be his undoing – with the monsters he created now turning against him?