Russia publishes pic of Wagner boss in his pants to clear up rumours he’s dead

An unflattering photo of Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in his pants has been released, in an apparent bid to clear up rumours that he's dead.

Wagner staged a short-lived mutiny led by Yevgeny Prigozhin on June 24, before stopping short of the capital in a bid to avoid spilling Russian blood.

But Prigozhin had challenged Vladimir Putin's authority and many expected heads would roll, however he is believed to be still alive and in exile in neighbouring Belarus after the photo started circulating online.

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In it, the feared fighter looks rather pathetic as he perches himself on a camp bed inside a Wagner camp wearing nothing but a tshirt and a pair of black boxers that accentuate the whiteness of his legs.

He raises a hand to the photographer as he sits on the basic bed inside the makeshift barracks.

It comes after Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) recently raided Prigozhin's palace in St Petersburg and found wigs, fake beards, forged passports, suspected drugs and allegedly a framed photo showing the severed heads of his enemies.

Images of him wearing ludicrous disguises were released by a pro-Kremlin media outlet owned by Putin's long-rumoured secret lover, former Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Alina Kabaeva.

The FSB also gave the images to pro-Putin Telegram channels.

One shows him disguised as an employee of the Ministry of Defence in Sudan, another as a diplomat from Abu Dhabi.

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Other disguises he deployed were a senior lieutenant from Benghazi, a colonel from Tripoli, a merchant from Syria and a field commander named Mohammed.

Last week, Vladimir Putin sensationally said that the Wagner group "does not exist" after a meeting with 35 of its top commanders in Moscow.

The Russian President met with the group's leaders just days after it staged a short-lived mutiny led by Yevgeny Prigozhin on June 24.

And in a chat with Russian newspaper Kommersant, the 70-year-old detailed what was discussed at the meeting and also made an eyebrow-raising claim.

"Well, Wagner PMC does not exist!" Putin told the publication. "We do not have a law for private military organisations! It simply does not exist!"

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