Wagner boss sends bloodied hammer to European Parliament

According to various media, the boss of the Russian paramilitary Wagner group has sent a bloodied sledgehammer to the European Parliament. He confirms this with photos on Telegram. The ‘present’ comes after Europe labeled Russia a ‘terrorist state’.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian businessman and owner of the Russian paramilitary Wagner group, The Moscow Times said on Wednesday that he delivered a sledgehammer to the European Parliament. The gesture should be seen as a threat after Europe organized a vote to pass a resolution on Russia. It said that the Russian state supports terrorism and “is resorting to terrorist means”. There were no direct effects associated with the text, but it does have a symbolic value. The text also specifically targeted the Wagner group when it came to sanctions against Russia.

According to Prigozhin’s company, the man had already anticipated the vote and therefore responded with what he calls “a briefcase of information”. Images of the briefcase in question were distributed on the telegram channel Gray Zone, which is linked to the Wagner group.

At first glance it appears to be a violin case, but inside that case was a hammer with traces of blood on it. It is not clear whether the suitcase was actually handed over to someone linked to the European Parliament, but that is what the telegram channel claims.

The incident is reminiscent of a story circulated by the Wagner group a few weeks ago. A video on the Gray Zone then showed a man identified as a former mercenary of the group. The man would have defected and fought against the Russians. The video allegedly shows the man being beaten to death with a hammer.

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