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Exclusive Details Of Prigozhin Funeral, First Photos Of His Grave

He was buried in an expensive coffin in a closed ceremony on Tuesday. By the next day, supporters were coming to the graveside to pay their respects.

Photograph of men standing around Prigozhin's grave in the Porokhovskoye cemetery.

Visitors stand near Prigozhin's grave in the Porokhovskoye cemetery

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ST. PETERSBURG — On Wednesday morning, some 25 people were waiting to enter the Porokhovskoye cemetery in St. Petersburg to pay their respects to the founder of Wagner Group Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was buried here the day before amid heavy security as authorities tried to avoid a mass turnout of supporters .

Among the people on hand were Prigozhin's widow and daughter, the Rotundamedia telegram channel reports.

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Many security officials were still present at the cemetery Wednesday morning to screen visitors, and several buses of the National Guard were parked nearby. A number of law enforcement officers also spent the night near the cemetery.

A sign in the cemetery directed visitors to Prigozhin's grave, where dozens of wreaths were placed at the headstone from friends and relatives of the deceased.

Velvet-lined coffin

State Duma member of Parliament Vasily Vlasov came to the cemetery on Wednesday. The day before, he had been spotted standing outside the Serafimovskoye cemetery. On Tuesday morning, Russian telegram channels had incorrectly reported that Prigozhin would be buried there. Instead, the closed ceremony took place at the Porokhovskoye cemetery, and Prigozhin's press service released information only after the funeral had concluded.

This is the first time in my long, happy life that the cemetery has seen anything like this.

Cemetery administrator Igor Nazarov said Prigozhin’s mother had ordered the grave to be dug a day before the funeral at the cost of 29,000 rubles ($300). The owner of the Wagner PMC was buried in a closed coffin.

“Everything went quietly, calmly, without fuss,” Nazarov said. “There weren’t many people in attendance for the actual ceremony, though now things are far busier. There were no fireworks. There were no soldiers either. It was a regular funeral, just with some very special aspects. There were lots of flags, the grave was lined with velvet, the coffin was expensive, ordinary graves are not like that.”

A close up photograph of Prigozhin's grave, showing roses and a plaque written in Russian.

A close up photograph of Prigozhin's grave.

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Wagnerite pilgrimage 

According to the administrator, security forces began arriving at the cemetery immediately after Prigozhin’s press service announced the funeral. “[They came] right here ( to the administration building). They threatened to shoot me. They said: ‘who are you, get out of here!’”

“I myself am as surprised as anyone else,” Nazarov goes on. “This is a very quiet, peaceful family cemetery. I've been working here since the 1990s. This is the first time in my long, happy life that the cemetery has seen anything like this. I don't think this hype will continue. The Wagnerites will come, pay their respects, they’ll drink, but they won’t shoot from their machine guns, will they? There is a police station two stops away. In the 1990s people worse than tramps were buried here. This one is at the state level.”

Prigozhin's plane crashed on August 23 in the Tver region. Along with him, the founder of the Wagner PMC Dmitry Utkin, Prigozhin’s deputy Valery Chekalov, four PMC soldiers, as well as two pilots and a flight attendant died. Chekalov was buried the day before Prigozhin at the Northern Cemetery in St. Petersburg. Utkin is likely to be buried near Moscow at the Mytishchi Memorial Cemetery, writes MSK1.Ru.

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Legalizing Moonshine, A Winning Political Stand In Poland

Moonshine, typically known as “bimber” in Poland, may soon be legalized by the incoming government. There is a mix of tradition, politics and economics that makes homemade booze a popular issue to campaign on.

Photo of an empty vodka bottle on the ground in Poland

Bottle of vodka laying on the ground in Poland

Leszek Kostrzewski

WARSAWIt's a question of freedom — and quality. Poland's incoming coalition government is busy negotiating a platform for the coming years. Though there is much that still divides the Left, the liberal-centrist Civic Koalition, and the centrist Third Way partners, there is one area where Poland’s new ruling coalition is nearly unanimous: moonshine.

The slogan for the legalization of moonshine (known in Poland as "bimber") was initially presented by Michał Kołodziejczak, the leader of Agrounia, a left-wing socialist political movement in Poland that has qualified to be part of the incoming Parliament.

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”Formerly so-called moonshine was an important element of our cultural landscape, associated with mystery, breaking norms, and freedom from the state," Kołodziejczak said. "It was a reason to be proud, just like the liqueurs that Poles were famous for in the past.”

The president of Agrounia considered the right to make moonshine as a symbol of "subjectivity" that farmers could enjoy, and admitted with regret that in recent years it had been taken away from citizens. “It's also about a certain kind of freedom, to do whatever you want on your farm," Kołodziejczak adds. "This is subjectivity for the farmer. Therefore, I am in favor of providing farmers with the freedom to consume this alcohol for their own use.”

A similar viewpoint was aired by another Parliament member. “We will stop pretending that Polish farmers do not produce moonshine for their own use, such as for weddings,” the representative said, pointing out the benefits of controlling the quality. “Just like they produce slivovitz, which Poland is famous for. It's high time they did it legally.”

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