The Russian president has commented on the reported death of Yevgeny Prigozhin FILE PHOTO: Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (left) visits Concord food plant in the village of Yanino. Right – General Director of Concord’s culinary line Yevgeny Prigozhin. © Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin

Yevgeny Prigozhin was a man of many talents who made a “significant contribution” to the struggle against neo-Nazis in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, commenting on the plane crash that reportedly killed the Wagner Group head.

Speaking with journalists at the Kremlin, Putin said that he had known Prigozhin since the early 1990s, and described him as “a man of complicated destiny.”

“He’d made serious mistakes in his life, but also got results. For himself as well as our common cause, when I asked it of him in these last months,” Putin added. He described Prigozhin as “a talented businessman” who worked in Russia as well as in Africa dealing with oil, gas, precious metals and gems. (RT)