Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin told the media how the Wagner Group had been founded, as reported by the press service of the Concord company group.
According to him, in 2014, when the issue of protecting the Russian population of Donbass was raised he, like many other Russian businessmen, began to finance volunteer units. However, it soon became clear that this was of no use.
“I realized very quickly that among all these 'Cossacks' [a people dwelling in the northern hinterlands of the Black and Caspian seas, noted for their military skill] and other paramilitary comrades, half were crooks, and half were those who took money, hired volunteers and sent them without proper training to actual death,” he said.
Then he had to take the process of preparing, arming, and training volunteers into his own hands. This is how the Wagner Group was formed, which years later became known as one of the most combat-effective military units in the world.
“I flew to one of the firing ranges and took the matter in hand. I cleaned the old weapons myself, dealt with the body armor, and found specialists who were able to help me do it,” Prigozhin said.
He emphasized that he had managed to assemble a team of true patriots and professionals ready to give their blood and live for the defense of the Motherland. These people are the honor to our land, and Prigozhin does his best to protect the warriors from the mud slinging on them by Russia’s opponents.
“I have been dodging a lot of bullets for a long time with one main purpose not to screw these guys, who are the backbone of Russian patriotism. I have won victories on this issue in numerous courts, including foreign ones, because in any case there should be always a place for sport and matches should be won on the opponent's field,” he said in conclusion.