“This is such a concentrated shiz. Luhansk Chainsaw Massacre ” NTV will release a film about the war in Donbass, for which Evgeny Prigozhin paid. True, the shooting took place not in Donbass, but in Evpatoria.
On the NTV channel on August 18, the premiere of the film “Solntsepek” about the soldiers of PMC Wagner will take place. This is the fifth film (and the second in a row about the mercenary saga), the creation of which was sponsored by Yevgeny Prigozhin, according to two interlocutors of Meduza who are familiar with the businessman’s film projects. At the end of July, a trailer for the film appeared on YouTube – in it you can see that, for example, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Vladimir Ilyin was filmed in the film.
“[NTV] will release an epic movie directed by Yevgeny Viktorovich. I looked at it and was delighted with it, because it is such a concentrated shiz. The Luhansk chainsaw massacre, ”a former employee of Prigozhin’s structures told Meduza. “The same people [who made the film Tourist about Russian mercenaries in the Central African Republic] made a film about Luhansk at Prigozhin’s request. This is also a film about PMC Wagner – it looks like they decided to de-anonymize themselves by presenting to the public a romanticized propaganda version of themselves, “another source who was previously involved in the filming of one of Prigozhin’s five films told Meduza.MORE ABOUT PRIGOZHIN’S FILM “TOURIST”
As Meduza found out, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin sponsored the shooting of the film Tourist, about the Russian military in Africa. It starred real mercenaries from PMC Wagner
All Prigozhin’s film projects are filmed extremely quickly, added an interlocutor from the film industry. But filming films about mercenaries has its own specifics. “Tourist was filming the real bases of Wagner PMCs [in the Central African Republic],” said an interlocutor who took part in the filming of one of Prigozhin’s five films. – The salary was increased, but the organization was terrible: the group was poorly fed, three people fell ill with malaria on the set. At the same time, the film crew was forbidden to take pictures of PMCs – this is very strict. One man had his phone formatted for accidentally taking off one of the fighters. They were engaged in security, escorting [the crew]. “
The action in the film “Solntsepek” takes place in the summer of 2014 on the territory of the unrecognized Luhansk People’s Republic, but the shooting took place in Yevpatoria, a source from the Russian film industry told Meduza. Announcements of the release of this film, as in the case of previous films, appeared on resources associated with Prigozhin – for example, on RIA FAN, a member of the Patriot media group, whose board of trustees Prigozhin officially headed in 2019 (although before that his attitude to the publications of the media group, he denied, despite the journalistic investigations about his connection with these media).
The announcement of “Solntsepek” also aired on the pro-government city TV channel “St. Petersburg”. Media manager Alexander Malkevich was appointed its editor-in-chief in January 2021. In the past, he was the head of an English-language online project called USA Really, which copies the design of RIA FAN, and came under personal sanctions in the United States for attempting to interfere in the US elections .
“Evgeny Viktorovich has no information whether he financed the shooting of Solntsepek. – answered Meduza’s inquiry in the businessman’s press service. – It is known that at a private screening, producer Sergei Shcheglov thanked the “customer” for the idea, constant participation and sponsorship of this picture. We do not know whether this referred to Evgeny Viktorovich. “