Who is the Head of Russia’s Wagner Mercenary Group?

Q. Who is the Head of Russia’s Wagner Mercenary Group? (69th BPSC Prelims 2023)

(A) Sergei Shoigu

(B) Yevgeny Prigozhin

(C) Aleksandr Lukashenko

(D) Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Answer: B

Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of Russia’s Wagner Group mercenary force, who Russia’s civil aviation authority said was on the passenger list of a plane that crashed north of Moscow on Thursday.

– Prigozhin, 62, soared in prominence after Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, where his fighters – including thousands of convicts he recruited from prison – led the Russian assault on the city of Bakhmut in the longest and bloodiest battle of the war. Prigozhin used social media to trumpet Wagner’s successes and wage a feud with the military establishment, accusing it of incompetence and even treason.

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