Russian Investigative Committee: “Prigojin died in a plane crash”
Vita gazette – DNA test confirms Prigozhin’s death. The Russian Investigative Committee has confirmed that Yevgeni Prigojin, head of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, died in a plane crash. The press release underlines the last point relating to the accident, which has been the subject of numerous speculations for days.
The committee said that all ten bodies found at the crash site had been identified after forensic examinations and that their identities “conform to the passenger lists”.
Russia’s civil aviation authority said earlier this week that Prigojin and some of his aides were on the list of people to board the plane that crashed on Wednesday.
According to a report by the Russian state news agency TASS based on the Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport (Rosaviatsiya) dated August 23, a private jet of the type Embraer ERJ-135BJ en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg crashed in the region of Tver north of Moscow. It had been announced. Yevgeni Prigojin, the manager of the controversial Russian mercenary company Wagner, was also said to be on the plane. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said seven passengers and three crew members died in the crash, including a person named “Prigojin” among the passengers, but did not provide further details. It is reported that ten bodies have been found in the wreckage area.