Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Russian mercenary organization Wagner Group, claimed the son of Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has served as a gunner with the fighting force.
"Dmitry Sergeevich Peskov, who at one time had the reputation of being a complete liberal, asked me to take his son — who lived part of his life in America, if I'm not mistaken, or in England — came to me and said: 'Take him as a simple artilleryman,'" Prigozhin claimed in a video interview with Alexander Simonov, RIA FAN military correspondent.
"By the way, he worked absolutely fine, as a simple gunner knee-deep in mud and s*** ... Few people know about it," the mercenary leader added.
Prigozhin did not name the gunner, but Russian media has reported Prigozhin to be talking about Nikolai Peskov. Prigozhin also did not specify what period of time he was talking about, or whether Peskov's son had served for Wagner in Ukraine.
The outspoken Wagner boss has a track record of making unsubstantiated claims, often employing sarcasm, and CNN is unable to verify his claim.
CNN has reached out to Dmitry Peskov for comment but is yet to receive a response.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated who Prigozhin says asked him to recruit Peskov's son. It was Peskov himself, according to the Wagner head.