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Yevgeny Prigozhin: who is the man leading Russia's push into Africa?

Former hotdog seller became known as ‘Putin’s chef’ because of his Kremlin catering contacts
Yevgeny Prigozhin (left) catered for Vladimir Putin’s 2003 birthday party. Composite: Misha Japaridze/AP

The man behind Russia’s push into Africa is a former hotdog seller who went on to become a billionaire and global Kremlin action man thanks to his close relations with Vladimir Putin.

Yevgeny Prigozhin grew up in Putin’s home city of Leningrad. He spent

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