Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin allegedly killed in plane crash in Russia

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According to Russia’s Tass news agency, the Federal Agency for Air Transport of Russia has reportedly initiated an inquiry into the plane crash that occurred in the Tver Region on Wednesday (Aug. 23).

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner private military company, was listed as one of the passengers on the crashed flight.

A fatal crash of a business jet in Russia resulted in the deaths of all ten individuals on board. The aircraft, traveling from Moscow to St Petersburg, crashed on Wednesday (Aug. 23), with the wreckage catching fire upon impact and burning completely. The incident occurred shortly after takeoff, and four bodies have been recovered so far.

Media reports, though unconfirmed, suggest that the jet was owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner private military company. Prigozhin’s presence on the flight remains uncertain.

Prigozhin, who commanded the Wagner forces alongside Russia’s regular army in Ukraine, initiated a brief armed uprising against Russia’s military leadership in late June. Following this, he was announced to be exiled to Belarus by the Kremlin, while his fighters were given the choice to retire, accompany him to Belarus, or join the Russian military.