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"No F**king Future!" FSB Verifies Leaked Audio Of Putin Pals Bashing War

What does Russia's ruling class really think of Putin? A leaked audio recording of Russian producer Iosif Prigozhin and Russian billionaire ex-senator Farhad Akhmedov criticizing Putin has been verified by Russian intel service FSB, offering a peak into the anger toward the Kremlin's war.

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Music producer Iosif Prigozhin attending a party after a concert by opera stars ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, at the GUM Department Store.

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A leaked recording in which influential Russians close to President Vladimir Putin trash the leader and his handling of the war in Ukraine has been confirmed as authentic. This rare window into the opaque world of Russian oligarchs confirms the suspicion that the country's wealthy and powerful have grave concerns about the Kremlin

In the expletive-laden conversation, successful Russian music producer Iosif Prigozhin and billionaire and former Senator Farhad Akhmedov, strong public supporters of the war, can be heard describing Russian leaders as "f**king criminals" who have "f**ked up everything."

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The recording which first appeared on social media on March 7, but it wasn't until Sunday when a high-level source in the Russian intelligence services had confirmed to independent Russian media Vazhnyye Istorii (Important Stories) that that the recording was real.

"The recording of the conversation between Prigozhin and Akhmedov is authentic. The FSB leadership held a meeting the other day and ordered their subordinates to take action,” commented a FSB source.

Wagner Group mercenary boss Yevgenzy Prigozhin, who is not directly related to the music producer although they have the same last name, called Iosef " impudent, aggressive and quick-tempered, " and suggested that whoever recorded the call may have intended to target him instead.

In the recording, billionaire Akhmedov can be heard criticizing, among other things, the Russian government's choice to attack Ukraine when Russia still has plenty of its own "undeveloped land."

Here are some of the most striking quotes from their conversation, which gives a glimpse of real life in Russia, where truth is often obscured by propaganda .

Photo of the mega yacht Luna in the Hamburg shipyard harbor.

The mega yacht Luna lying in the Hamburg shipyard harbor. The detained luxury yacht ''Luna'' belonging to Russian businessman Farkhad Akhmedov, who is on a list of Russians sanctioned by the EU.

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"Absolute nonsense"

In the call, Iosef Prigozhin says prominent Russians close to Putin blame the country's defense minister for Russia's failure to gain ground in Ukraine.

Oligarch and Putin ally Igor Sechin, Sergey Chemezov, CEO of state-owned arms company Rostec Corporation and National Guard chief Viktor Zolotov blame Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, for "everything," Prigozhin says.

"They call him a dumb ass — behind his back, of course. And they have the f**king task of tearing him down ... They have to blame (military defeats) on someone. They act like kings, like f**king gods," he says.

"They f**ked up everything," Akhmedov says. "The question is, what comes after them?"

If we fight, then we should fight.

"This is absolutely nonsense," he says. "The president will answer for all of this. For everything. He will be held accountable ... They f**ked us up. Our children, but also their future, their f**king destiny."

Prigozhin refers to Putin and his cabinet as "criminals" and said that "even if h pushes the f**king button , there's no future for the whole nation. That's all there is to it ... For them, people are just trash.”

Putin, Akhmedov says, "Doesn't give a f**k about anything ... about the people either. He's f**king Satan ... Lilliputians, a midget with a complex."

The billionaire offers a pessimistic assessment of Russia's chances on the battlefield, and what will come next: "If we fight, then we should fight. We can't even fight. Because there's no f**king army; they can't provide it. All stolen ... Fascism will come, there will be a military dictatorship . You'll see. That's how it will all end.”

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Violence Against Women, The Patriarchy And Responsibility Of The Good Men Too

The femicide of Giulia Cecchettin has shaken Italy, and beyond. Argentine journalist Ignacio Pereyra looks at what lies behind femicides and why all men must take more responsibility.

A protester's sign referring to the alleged killer reads: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

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Ignacio Pereyra

Updated Dec. 3, 2023 at 10:40 p.m.


ATHENS — Are you going to write about what happened in Italy?, Irene, my partner, asks me. I have no idea what she's talking about. She tells me: a case of femicide has shaken the country and has been causing a stir for two weeks.

As if the fact in itself were not enough, I ask what is different about this murder compared to the other 105 women murdered this year in Italy (or those that happen every day around the world).

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We are talking about a country where the expression "fai l'uomo" (be a man) abounds, with a society so prone to drama and tragedy and so fond of crime stories as few others, where the expression "crime of passion" is still mistakenly overused.

In this context, the sister of the victim reacted in an unexpected way for a country where femicide is not a crime recognized in the penal code, contrary to what happens, for example, in almost all of Latin America.

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