In the office of Yevgeny Prigozhin, located in the Trezzini Hotel in St. Petersburg, the services found, among others, gold bars, white powder, and fake passports with his photos on them.
Law enforcement conducted searches at the Trezzini Hotel in St. Petersburg, which is believed to house the office of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagnerists. Earlier, the FSB opened a criminal case against a businessman for trying to carry out a mutiny against the Russian command.
During the search, five kilogram gold bars, cash in dollars, six guns, five kilogram packages of white powder (what kind of powder it was, journalists do not specify), as well as several passports with a photo of Yevgeny Prigozhin under different names – Dmitry Geiler, Oleg Semenov and Dmitry Bobrov.
In the courtyard of the Trezzini Hotel, several cardboard boxes with money inside were found in the van. The services were supposed to be interested in the car, because its owner was not found, and they began to check it for possible explosives. When they opened, boxes full of cash were found. The sum of money found in the cardboard boxes was supposed to amount to a total of 4 billion rubles, or about 47 million dollars.
The Wagnerian leader confirmed media reports of cash in the car on his Telegram channel. In a recorded message, he said that the money he kept in the van and two minibuses was used to pay salaries for mercenaries and to pay compensation for so-called cargo 200, meaning the transport of the bodies of the killed militants to their families. He stated that the Wagner Group “has been in existence for ten years and has used only cash all this time.”
It is not clear on whose orders Prigozhin's office in the hotel and its surroundings were searched. The Russian TASS agency reported on Saturday morning that the headquarters of the Wagner Group "Wagner Center" in St. Petersburg was also cordoned off, and police and National Guard officers were on the spot.