WAGNER boss Yevgeny Prigozhin’s swanky mansion was raided by Russian police while extraordinary images were released showing his gold bars, guns and even framed photos of severed heads.
The raid also seized his bizarre disguise gear, including a photo showing a closet full of wigs and pictures of him in various getups – the discovery came just weeks after his failed armed uprising against the Kremlin.
During the FSB search of Prigozhin’s palace near St. Petersburg, agents found hidden gold bars, one personalof guns and ammunition, forged passports apparently used by the warlord, and suspected drugs.
One photo shows a giant sledgehammer marked “For use in important negotiations” – a chilling reminder of the brutal torture inflicted with sledgehammers on Wagner traitors.
Another photo shows a closet full of different colored wigs and beards, apparently designed to allow the warlord to travel unrecognized.
It is alleged that billionaire Prigozhin used the disguises in Africa and the Middle East to further Putin’s interests and deploy Wagner troops.
Several selfies Prigozhin took show him as a military and defense worker from Sudan, Abu Dhabi, Libya, Tripoli and Syria – further proof that Wagner does indeed have a major influence in Africa.
The Wagner Group is believed to be plundering diamonds, gold, oil and gas from the countries in which it operates – and being paid directly by corrupt regimes to do so.
Additionally, Russian officials appear to have leaked selfies taken by the warlord in those costumes, sparking an internet firestorm.
Ukrainian official Anton Gerashchenko said: “These are not footage from an audition for a role in a cheap comedy, but a selfie of Prigozhin.”
“The images were released by the Russian security forces.
“‘In most of the pictures yesterday’s ‘Hero of Russia’ wears a Libyan uniform with Libyan epaulets and conspiracy elements.”
Multi-currency cash was found bundled in bundles next to bars of gold – sources estimate nearly £1million in cash was seized.
Investigators also uncovered a disturbing framed photo of the severed heads of “Wagner traitors.”
A stuffed alligator was displayed on a table in a hallway.
A private prayer room with religious images and a private medical room were also located on the property.
The warlord seems to have a penchant for the finer things, with a grand piano beneath a spiral staircase welcoming visitors and the palace boasting a full sauna and spa.
Photos also show a private swimming pool with a small water slide and a pool cover.
But the story turns somber when it is reported that Prigozhin does not live in exile in Belarus, as the Russians were told.
Russian media announced that he was in St. Petersburg to personally retrieve his private arsenal from the FSB.
Despite being forced into exile, the warlord appears to have plenty of cash to draw on, estimated to be worth billions — though it’s unclear whether the Kremlin will grab it all.
The Prigozhins reportedly own a £7.5million palatial estate, a £4.5million 120ft yacht called the St Vitamin and a £3million Hawker 800 private plane.
A raid on the Wagner Group’s St Petersburg headquarters last month uncovered £38million in cash in US dollars and other foreign currencies, along with a stash of gold bullion and fake passports belonging to the warlord.
Meanwhile, his mercenary group appears to be breaking up, and Russia is ordering the release of heavy weapons and military equipment in accordance with the agreement with the Kremlin.