New measures were introduced after a violin was stolen from Evgeny Prigozhin’s resting place, according to the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper
The grave of Wagner private mercenary group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin. © AFP / Olga Maltseva
Security measures have been stepped up at the grave of former Wagner private military company chief Evgeny Prigozhin, a cemetery worker has told the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.
According to a report on Wednesday, a guard post and a CCTV camera have been installed after a violin was stolen from the burial site at the Prokhorovskoe cemetery in St. Petersburg.
The instrument is among the symbols of the Wagner Group, whose fighters are nicknamed ‘the Musicians’ due to the name that the PMC shares with classical German composer Richard Wagner.
A violin and a sledgehammer – another symbol of the PMC – appeared at Prigozhin’s grave a few days after his burial on August 29, the cemetery worker recalled. However, he claimed that the musical instrument, which he described as looking “pricey,” had been “snatched” the following day.
According to the worker, a cyclist was seen “racing away” from the site at the time of the incident, but the perpetrator has not been found.