A recent social media post by @ehimaggie claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the funeral of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Wagner boss who died in a plane crash. The video allegedly showed Putin walking alone while his security struggled to keep up, sparking speculation about his involvement in Prigozhin’s death.
However, after thorough fact-checking, The Explainer Fact Checker confirms that these claims are untrue.
Upon investigation, our team found that the video, while real, is not recent. It actually dates back to 2013 and shows the funeral of Putin’s childhood mentor and judo trainer, Anatoly Rakhlin, in Saint Petersburg. Putin was not in attendance at Yevgeny Prigozhin’s funeral, as various media reports have confirmed.
In summary, the claim suggesting Putin attended Prigozhin’s funeral and linking it to his death is inaccurate and misleading.