The leader of the Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who previously attempted to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authority, was among the casualties in a fatal plane crash.
The crash occurred two months after Prigozhin’s failed rebellion, which posed a significant threat to Putin’s leadership.
The private plane was en route from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, and all 10 individuals on board, including three crew members, tragically lost their lives. The Russian aviation agency confirmed Prigozhin’s presence on the plane, along with Dmitry Utkin, a figure associated with Wagner’s activities and alleged ties to Russian military intelligence.
Telegram channels linked to Wagner shared unverified footage of the burning wreckage.
The incident has prompted a special investigative commission by Rosaviatsia and an inquiry by Russia’s Investigative Committee into the crash. As of now, eight bodies have been recovered from the crash site.