On the morning of Tuesday, August 29, the Russian media were wondering where and when Yevgeny Prigozhin, who died last week, would be buried. Meanwhile, the modest funeral ceremony of the head of the Wagner Group ended around 4 p.m.
The vast majority of Russians learned about Yevgeny Prigozhin’s funeral after the fact. The announcement about possible visits to the Prokhovsky cemetery in St. Petersburg appeared only after the closure of the necropolis, which operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Those who want to say goodbye can visit the Porokhovsky cemetery,” the information said.
A silent funeral for Yevgeny Prigozhin
The deceased’s relatives asked that the last farewell to the head of the Wagner family be held only in the presence of family and closest friends. The photos from the ceremony show that a large group of people said goodbye to the deceased, but these were not the crowds that would be expected at a more official event.
The journalists’ attention was drawn to the lack of military assistance and the lack of an honorary salute. Prigozhin, awarded the title of Hero of Russia, could count on this type of distinction. The entire ceremony lasted about 40 minutes. The Dozhd news channel emphasized that the Wagnerite leader was buried next to his father.
A poem left on Prigozhin’s grave
A note with a message was spotted on Yevgeny Prigozhin’s grave. It turned out to be Joseph Brodsky’s poem “Still Life”. His last verse asks eloquent questions.
The mother asks: – Is it
Christ, are you my son? You
My God? Here is your cross.
How can I go home?
How will I cross the threshold?
when the thought bothers me:
Are you my son or God?
Alive or dead today?
And he will answer her:
– Dead or alive? Toil
your thoughts are vain.
Son or God, I am yours.