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Yevgeny Prigozhin: who is he?

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Yevgeny Prigozhin leads the Wagner Group’s involvement in Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine as a high-profile, provocative mercenary leader. He has a long history of leadership in Moscow.

What is the Wagner Group?

During Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Wagner Group has worked alongside militant mercenaries. When Ukraine and Russia fought over the Crimean region in 2014, Wagner’s origins appear to have begun. Prigozhin said on social media that he wanted to develop fighters who could defend Russian interests in the region. A number of African countries have been affected by the group’s activities, including Libya, Syria, and several others.

As a result of the Ukraine war, the paramilitary force has grown exponentially, with tens of thousands of fighters now under its control. A frequent clash between Prigozhin and Russian military leaders has occurred as the Wagner Group’s head throughout the conflict. In the videos, he contradicts the Russian narrative that the military operation was smooth. Often, he asserts that his forces led the fight in Ukraine, whereas he questions the competence of Russian forces. He recorded a video alongside uniformed dead bodies in May, cursing the lack of preparedness of leaders.

FILE PHOTO: Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of Russia’s Wagner mercenary force, speaks in Paraskoviivka, Ukraine in this still image from an undated video released on March 3, 2023. Concord Press Service/via REUTERS

Putin and Prigozhin: what is their relationship?

Putin and Prigozhin share a hometown, St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad). Prigozhin served a decade-long prison sentence starting in his teenage years before starting a hot-dog stand. Putin rose from KGB insider to Russian leader.

His hospitality industry clout quickly earned him Putin’s attention. Prigozhin served Putin’s state dinners, including one with George W. Bush in 2006, which earned him the nickname “Putin’s chef.”

Putin helped Prigozhin open a school-lunch factory on generous state-funded loans. At least part of Prigozhin’s ownership in Concord Management and Consulting was implicated in pro-Trump trolling operations during the 2016 election by Justice Department officials.

What motivated Prigozhin to do what he did?

On Friday, Prigozhin criticised the country’s leadership for starting the war and stated that Ukrainian forces were pushing back the Russian army. In the evening of Friday, Prigozhin claimed that Russian military leaders had ordered strikes against his men, which resulted in the death of thousands of men.

“The war was needed for a bunch of scumbags to triumph and show how strong of an army they are,” Prigozhin said Friday, speculating that the effort was part of the defense minister’s plan to get promoted.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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How a ransomware attack would disrupt the food supply chain

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Massive financial gains continue to be one of the top motivating factors behind cyberattacks.

The Information Technology – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) has been tracking ransomware incidents and trends since 2021.

Despite government and law enforcement efforts to take down malicious infrastructure, new ransomware strains continue to emerge.

The company just released its analysis of the 2023 ransomware landscape report and insights for 2024.

Jonathan Braley, Director of the Food and Ag-ISAC joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #ransomware #ransomwareattacks #foodsupplychain

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Curious times for AI & investing as stark reality becomes clear

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Both private funding for startups and corporate mergers and acquisitions within the sector have decreased, reflecting a shift in investor sentiment.

While some AI ventures continue to attract significant investments, experts attribute the overall downturn to challenges in scaling AI technologies and a more cautious investment climate.

Generative AI stands out as a bright spot, experiencing exponential growth in funding despite lingering skepticism among corporate executives.

Amidst this market correction, some view the shift as necessary for a more sustainable investment landscape, predicting stable growth in the coming years.

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