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Wagner boss Prigozhin killed

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Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin was confirmed dead in a plane crash near Moscow on Wednesday.

The Russian investigative committee said the results of the genetic tests had confirmed the identities of the 10 people who died in a plane crash last Wednesday, including the founder of the Wagner mercenary group.

The Russian Civil Aviation Authority said earlier this week that Prigozhin and some of his top lieutenants were on the list of passengers on the plane that crashed northwest of Moscow, killing everyone on board.

Western politicians and commentators have suggested without evidence that Putin ordered Prigozhin’s assassination as punishment for the mutiny that also posed the greatest challenge to Putin’s own rule since he came to power in 1999.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday such proposals were “an absolute lie”. When asked if Putin might attend Prigozhin’s funeral, Peskov said it was too early to say, also citing the president’s “busy schedule.”

It comes as a resurfaced clip has surfaced on social media of the Wagner leader speaking of a “plane falling apart in the sky”.

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Prigozhin’s final months were overshadowed by what the Kremlin had in store for him

Yevgeny Prigozhin smiled as a crowd of adoring fans surrounded his black SUV and cheered him on June 24 in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

“You rock!” fans chanted while snapping selfies after dark with the boss of the Wagner mercenary group seated in the vehicle. “You are a lion! Hold on!”

Prigozhin and his masked, camouflage-clad fighters left the city after days of mutiny against the country’s military leadership. President Vladimir Putin called it a “treason” and announced punishment, but then struck an agreement not to prosecute Prigozhin. Beyond that, his fate seemed uncertain.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain27. Aug 2023 2:44 p.m

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Russian investigators confirm that Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin died in a plane crash

The committee said in a statement Sunday that after forensic testing, all 10 bodies recovered from the crash site have been identified and their identities “match the manifest.”

The Russian Civil Aviation Authority said earlier this week that Prigozhin and some of his top lieutenants were on the list of people on board the plane that crashed on Wednesday.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain27. Aug 2023 2:43 p.m

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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