The Kremlin says an investigation into the plane crash in Russia that killed Wagner mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin includes allegations it may have been caused intentionally. This is the first explicit admission made by the Kremlin regarding the suspicion that Prigozhin was murdered.
“It is clear that various versions are being considered, including that version — you know what we’re talking about — say, a deliberate atrocity,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement to local journalists. ReutersWednesday (30/8/2023).
“Let’s wait for the results of the investigation by Russia,” he said.
The Embraer Legacy 600 private jet that Prigozhin was traveling from Moscow to Saint Petersburg crashed in the Tver region on Wednesday (23/8) evening last week. Prigozhin, his two top Wagner Group lieutenants and four bodyguards were among the 10 people killed in the crash.
The cause of the plane crash is still not clear. But villagers near the crash site told Reuters they heard an explosion and then saw the private jet hit the ground.
On Sunday (27/8) local time, Russian investigators announced that genetic tests had confirmed the identities of 10 people who died in the plane crash, including two pilots and one flight attendant.
The Russian Investigative Commission verified Prigozhin’s death after conducting genetic tests, after confirming the bodies of 10 of the dead had been found among the rubble.
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