The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation announced that the identities of all ten victims of the crash of a business jet in the Tver region have been established. According to the agency, “they correspond to the list stated in the flight sheet.”
So far, there has been no official confirmation of Prigozhin’s death. The possible death of a businessman was indirectly confirmed by the official body – the Federal Air Transport Agency. According to the agency, Prigozhin and the commander of a private military company, Dmitry Utkin, were on the passenger lists.
A day after the crash of a business jet belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin, Vladimir Putin indirectly confirmed the death of the founder of PMC Wagner.
“I knew Prigozhin for a very long time, from the beginning of the nineties. He was a man of difficult fate, and he made serious mistakes, and he achieved the results he needed. Both for himself and when I asked him about it, for a common cause, as in these last months. There was a talented person, a talented businessman,” the President of the Russian Federation said.
Putin also expressed his condolences to the families of all those who died in the plane crash and said that the Russian Investigative Committee had launched a preliminary investigation into the incident. According to him, the initial data indicate that the plane that crashed in the Tver region were members of the Wagner group.
On the evening of August 23, the plane belonging to the founder of Wagner PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin crashed in the Tver region. The business jet flew from Moscow to St. Petersburg. There were 10 people on board, including three crew members. The search operation at the crash site near Tver has been completed, the remains of all ten people on board have been found.
Rosaviatsiya previously published the names of all passengers and crew members who were on board the crashed Embraer aircraft. In the list:
Evgeny Prigozhin, Dmitry Utkin (he is called the “field commander of the PMC” Wagner “, the company was named after his call sign), Sergey Propustin, Evgeny Makaryan, Alexander Totmin, Valery Chekalov (he was previously mentioned in the US sanctions lists as a person close to Prigozhin) , Nikolai Matyuseev.
Also on the plane were three crew members: aircraft commander Alexei Levshin, co-pilot Rustam Karimov, flight attendant Kristina Raspopova.
The crash of the plane belonging to Prigozhin occurred exactly two months after the rebellion of the founder of the PMC.