Is Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigojin dead?
Russian Civil Aviation Authority: Prigojin was on the plane that crashed
Vita gazette – The private plane carrying out the St. Petersburg-Moscow expedition in Russia crashed north of the capital. Russian news agency TASS said Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigojin was also on board the private plane that crashed in Tver, killing ten people. According to the Russian emergency services, “there are no survivors.”
The flight had departed from Moscow and was bound for St. Petersburg. Some channels linked to the group claim the Russian air defence shot the aircraft down. This is the private jet used regularly by Prigozhin. The other nine passengers on board also died, including Dmitry Utkin, the other founder of PMC Wagner, on board.
The plane that crashed near Tver disappeared from radar 26 minutes after takeoff. At 17:54 Russian (18:54 Italian), the jet departed from Sheremetyevo to Pulkovo. Suddenly, however, the trace vanished from the radar, and the crew did not respond to the multiple calls from the switchboard operator. According to eyewitnesses, the crash occurred at 18:22 Russian (19:22 in Italy), and the plane fell without a wing.
Eight bodies were found at the site where Prigozhin’s plane crashed
So far, the lifeless bodies of eight people have been found at the crash site, in the Tver region, of a jet which, according to some sources, would have had the head of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, on board. This was reported by Ria Novosti, citing a spokesperson for the emergency services.
Moscow: “Investigation launched”
La Rosaviatsia, the Russian aviation authority: “An investigation has been launched into the Embraer plane crash that occurred last night in the Tver region. According to the passenger list, among them is the name and surname of Yevgeny Prigozhin.”
Two months ago, the attempted coup against Putin
Only two months ago, an attempted coup was against the Russian leadership. On June 24, the head of the Wagner Group announced “the march of justice” on Moscow from Rostov-on-Don at the leader of about 25,000 mercenaries. He complained about war misconduct. Vladimir Putin described the attempted coup as a “stab in the back”. Everything seemed to have recovered thanks to the mediation of the Belarusian president Aleksander Lukashenko and the withdrawal of the mercenaries to Belarus.
Putin on the stage of the concert in Kursk for the anniversary of the victory
Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on the concert stage in Kursk at the gala performance marking the 80th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Kursk. The Tass reports it.
Putin delivers military honours as Prigozhin’s plane crashes
While the crisis of the jet belonging to Prigozhin is underway, which hit in the Tver region, probably with the Wagner founder himself on board, President Vladimir Putin is awarding live awards to the military, to whom he has conferred the title of Hero of Russia.
Putin: “The only thing I can’t forgive is betrayal.”
After the plane crash, the words “betrayal”, used by Russian President Putin in an old interview, have returned to the social media agenda. In the interview, he asked Putin: “Is it possible to forgive you?” the question was asked. Answering “Yes” to this question, Putin added: “But not everything.” The moderator will ask: “What is unforgivable?” To the question, Putin answered with one word: “Betrayal.”
“Making Russia even bigger on all continents, including Africa.”
In his latest video shared on the Telegram channel “Evacuation of Wagner”, Prigojin said that they are “making Russia even bigger” on all continents, including Africa.
Stating that they are working above 50 degrees in the footage, Prigojin said, “Justice and happiness! “We are turning the life of ISIS, al-Qaeda and other bandits into a nightmare for the African people.”
Prigojin, with his fellow warriors, launched an armed uprising against Russian rule in June. The rebellion ended with the intervention of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
The Russia-Africa summit was held in St. Petersburg. Prigojin, who met with African officials in St. Petersburg on July 27, told Afrique Media TV channel on July 29 that they were ready to increase the number of Wagner fighters in African countries.
White House: “Prigozhin’s death would not be a surprise”
The death of Yevgeny Prigozhin “wouldn’t be a surprise”: this is how the White House commented on the alleged disappearance of the head of Wagner following the crash of his jet in Russia.