Yevgeny Prigozhin, the prominent Russian mercenary known for his influential position, was involved in a tragic plane crash on Wednesday evening in the northern vicinity of Moscow. Regrettably, there were no survivors, as confirmed by Russian authorities. Interestingly, this incident occurred exactly two months after Prigozhin spearheaded an ill-fated uprising against the high-ranking military leadership.
Despite the occurrence, both the Kremlin and the Defense Ministry have refrained from making any official statements regarding Prigozhin’s fate. Notably, Prigozhin, who led the Wagner mercenary group, had openly opposed the army’s command due to his strong belief in their inept handling of Russia’s engagement in the Ukrainian conflict.
An affiliated Telegram channel named Grey Zone, associated with Wagner, has asserted Prigozhin’s demise and extolled him as a heroic patriot. The channel contends that he lost his life at the hands of unidentified individuals that it labels as “detrimental to Russia.”
As the morning light broke on Thursday, a Reuters correspondent present at the crash site witnessed individuals carefully transporting black body bags. Debris from the aircraft, including a portion of the tail, was scattered near a wooded region where forensic experts had erected a tent for investigations. Meanwhile, mourners paid their respects by leaving flowers and lighting candles outside Wagner’s offices in St. Petersburg early on Thursday.