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Yevgeny Privozhin, Russian oligarch, applauded the video in which a former member is brutally killed.

The video was posted to Grey Zone Telegram channel over the weekend. This channel frequently shows the activities of mercenary fighters from the Wagner Group, which has been accused of war crimes in Africa and Syria.

It showed a member from the group, who had left and went over to the Ukrainian side, being killed with a sledgehammer. Yevgeny nuzhin is the name given to the man.

Nuzhin said: “On the 4th of September I carried out my plan by switching to fight alongside Ukrainian troops. On the 11th of November, I was on a street in Kyiv when someone hit me on the head and I lost consciousness.”

He added: “I woke up in this cellar, where I was told that I will be judged.”

Within seconds, he’s dead, having been struck at least once by a sledgehammer.

Prigozhin was questioned by Telegram channel viewers about the murder. He said that the murder was committed by Wagner fighters, but he didn’t directly acknowledge it. “Nuzhin betrayed his people, betrayed his comrades, betrayed them consciously. He was not taken prisoner, nor did he surrender. Rather, he planned his escape. Nuzhin is a traitor.”

“Russian people can smell betrayal – it’s genetic. Hence the comments on social networks,” Prigozhin was referring to positive responses to the murder.

Telegram: Separate Telegram post by Prigozhin – Video “an excellent director’s work.”

“I prefer to watch this story in the theatre. As for the executed, in this show it is clear that he did not find happiness in Ukraine, but instead met with unkind, although fair people. It seems to me that this film is called “The dog receives the dog’s death.”“

The video was accompanied by text on the Gray Zone channel that said this “the sledgehammer and traitors have a close relationship for the ‘orchestra’ [ie Wagner]. And now, suddenly disappearing from the investigation in Kyiv, the traitor received the traditional primordial Wagnerian punishment.”

Ukrainian journalist Yuriy Yetusov interviewed Nuzhin in September. He spoke to him about his willingness to fight for Kyiv and surrendering to Ukrainian forces.

Nuzhin also talked about how the Wagner group recruits prisoners in Ukraine to fight in the war in return for the promise of a full Russian pardon.

Ramina Eskhakzai, Ukrainian journalist, interviewed Nuzhin in a second interview. Nuzhin expressed support for Ukraine and revealed more details about the Wagner Group’s operation.

Nuzhin stated that he spent 23 years in prison in Nizhny Novgorod as a murder victim. He was to be released in 2027, but he chose to join Wagner to fight in Ukraine.

Eskhakzai also heard him say: “My parents live in the western Ukraine. How can you wage war with your own family? ”

Vladimir Osechkin of Gulagu.net (a prisoner advocacy organization) stated on Sunday that he had spoken to the sons and daughters of Nuzhin. The video confirmed their father’s identity.

It’s still unclear how Nuzhin ended up in captivity.

Sunday Review reached out and asked the Ukrainian authorities whether Nuzhin had been sent back to Russian-held territory to receive the liberation of Ukrainian prisoners.

Andriy Ermak, head of the Office for the President of Ukraine, stated in a statement Friday that 45 Ukrainian soldiers were released from captivity after another round of prisoner swaps.

Anastasia Kashevarova was a former advisor to the head Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin. She said that the exchange involved fighters from Wagner, but she didn’t identify them.

When asked about Monday’s video, Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, replied: “We have no comment. We don’t know what it is, how true it is. This is not our business.”

Prigozhin is reportedly one of Putin’s trusted confidants – so close that the Russian press dubbed him the “chef” The Russian President, after he began catering events to the Kremlin.

After years of denial, he finally admitted to the founding of the Wagner Group in September.