Uniting Behind Putin: Maria Zakharova’s Urgent Plea for Support

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the enigmatic leader of the private military organization known as the Wagner group, launched a military campaign against what he described as a “corruption gang” within the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Russian Army. This audacious move sent shockwaves throughout the country and prompted President Putin to condemn the action as an act of betrayal. Putin called for swift action to deal with Prigozhin and his followers, considering their actions a threat to national security.

Zakharova was born to a family of diplomats. Her father, Vladimir Zakharov, moved the family to Beijing in 1981 when he was appointed to the Soviet embassy there. The family left Beijing in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed and returned to Russia in 1993. Her mother, Irina, is an art historian who has worked at Moscow’s Pushkin Museum. In 1998, Maria Zakharova graduated from the Faculty of International Journalism at MGIMO in the field of orientalism and journalism. Her pre-diploma apprenticeship was carried out at the Russian Embassy in Beijing.

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June 23, 2022 | 4:17 pm