Lucinda Creighton: Taking out key conspirator Prigozhin likely to strengthen Putin’s regime

The Wagner leader became a marked man after his short-lived challenge to the Russian president’s power base

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Russian private security company Wagner Picture: Getty

The likely assassination last week of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the controversial leader of the Russian Wagner militia group, reads like something from a Cold War spy novel. It is difficult to imagine that a modern-day president could simply order the elimination of a plane with an enemy on board, yet that appears to be what happened.

A further twist comes from the fact that the international community cannot fully verify the death of Prigozhin, given that ...