Yevgeny Privozhin, Russian mercenary leader, appeared to laugh at claims of an assassination plot and described it as “a very good plan”.
Russian politician Vladimir Rogov claimed – without providing any evidence – Volodymyr Zelenskyy had discussed the killing of the oligarch with the director at the CIA.
Prigozhin, once called “Putin’s chef”, is now the head of Wagner Group, which recruits convicts for fighting in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Mr Rogov, the chairman of a Russian organization in occupied Zaporizhzhia said to state-owned media: “Prigozhin’s effectiveness is evident, and his murder would make a lot sense, considering the media component and how they spin victories.
“Zelenskyy’s inner circle, as well as a large number of people, are aware of the request to ask and even demand that the Americans murder Prigozhin.”
This comes just a few days after Vladimir Putin, Mr Prigozhin’s long-time ally, clashed over Soledar in Ukraine.
He claimed that the Wagner Group forces had seized the town. Mr Putin, however, attributed the victory to the Russian military.
The Institute for the Study of War has observed that Mr Prigozhin has been more vocal in his criticism of the Russian Ministry of Defence in recent weeks.
His press service quoted Mr Prigozhin as saying that he was aware of the assassination plot and responding to it. It was something that the press service informed me.
“That is a great idea. It’s high time Prigozhin was eliminated.
“If they ask me, I will certainly provide assistance.”
According to documents available on the Open Democracy website, it comes as the Guardian reported British lawyers were granted government dispensation in order to bypass sanctions to help Mr Prigozhin sue a journalist.