Moscow Elite in a Panic Over Tape Blasting Putin as ‘Satan’

March 31, 2023

Sputnik/Alexei Babushkin/Kremlin via ReutersTwo prominent supporters of Vladimir Putin have been accused of calling the Russian president “Satan” and a “dwarf” in a leaked phone conversation that has erupted into a full-blown scandal. “He’s Satan,” he goes on to say of Putin in the phone call, which reportedly took place on Jan. 24. Russian music producer Iosif Prigozhin (L) stands alongside singer Valeriya at a meeting of the initiative group to nominate Vladimir Putin as a candidate in the 2018 presidential election in Moscow, in 2017. Sergei Karpukhin via ReutersThey call Shoigu “a dumbass, behind his back, of course,” Prigozhin allegedly complained on the call. Prigozhin, the famous music producer, has been a longtime supporter of the Russian president—at least publicly.