Yevgeny V. Prigozhin quietly profited from his private ties to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, successful profitable catering and development contracts with the Russian authorities whereas constructing a mercenary drive referred to as Wagner.

After throwing his fighters into Ukraine, their ranks swelled with prisoner recruits, Mr. Prigozhin emerged as a public energy participant, utilizing social media to show powerful speak and brutality into his private model.

In a scorching video posted Friday on social media,…

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