An audio recording of a telephone conversation between producer Iosif Prigozhin and former senator Farid Akhmetov appeared in Ukrainian public pages, in which Prigozhin speaks extremely negatively about Putin’s entourage:
Akhmedov: They are all there [in the government] swearing among themselves. The statements are contradictory, unconsolidated, uncoordinated.
Prigogine: They united. Igor Ivanovich [Sechin], Sergei Viktorovich [Lavrov] and [Viktor] Zolotov. They blame [Sergei] Shoigu for everything. They call him an asshole behind his back and want to tear him down […] They are the most fucked up people. My opinion is simple. They act like kings, like fucking gods. They are finished creatures.
Igor Sechin – head of the state corporation “Rosneft”
Sergei Lavrov – head of the Russian Foreign Ministry
Viktor Zolotov – head of the National Guard
Sergei Shoigu – Minister of Defense
Further, Iosif Prigogine evaluates Putin’s friends, the oligarchs, the Rotenberg brothers, extremely negatively:
Prigogine: Listen, Borya [Boris Rotenberg] was here. Brother of Arkady [Rotenberg]. Well, pure asshole. Pure jerk.
Akhmedov: He has always been like that. Greedy.
Following the publication of the telephone conversation, Iosif Prigogine announced that the recording had been forged using a neural network:
Attention!!! This is what modern democracy looks like: you can do whatever you want and however you like and you will get nothing for it, intrude into private life and much more. New technologies of today (neural networks, prankers, etc.) can discredit and dishonor any citizen of the world. These audio recordings have nothing to do with me.
However, an examination of the audio recording was not carried out, and it is premature to speak with 100% certainty that the voice of Joseph Prigozhin is on the recording.
There is an opinion on social networks that the entry was made by mistake. The military intelligence of Ukraine tried to intercept the conversations of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner PMC, but a mistake appeared somewhere and the conversation of Iosif Prigozhin, the producer and namesake of Yevgeny Prigozhin, was accidentally recorded.
Presumably, having heard such passages from the mouth of the namesake Yevgeny Prigozhin, the SBU deliberately leaked.