The Investigative Committee of Russia has established the identities of all 10 people who died in a plane crash in the Tver region. The examination confirmed the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin.
The Investigative Committee of Russia has established the identities of all 10 people who died in a plane crash in the Tver region. The examination confirmed the death of the owner and founder of “PVK Wagner” —
Pentagon: Most likely, Yevgeny Prigozhin has died.
Molecular genetic studies were conducted for this purpose.
"The identities of all 10 dead have been established and match the list provided on the plane ticket," said Svitlana Petrenko, the official representative of the KI of the Russian Federation.
On the evening of August 23, it became known that a business class plane belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin crashed in the Bologna region. On the passenger list was the head of Wagner's Communist Party and the organizer of the failed armed uprising in Russia. Authorities said seven passengers and three crew members of the plane were killed. Their bodies were secured for examination and identification.
There are no conclusions as to the causes of the accident. At the same time, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case for violation of the rules of safety and operation of the vehicle.
"As part of the investigation into the plane crash in the Tver region, molecular genetic studies have been completed. Based on their results, the identities of all ten dead have been established, they correspond to the list contained in the flight card," the Investigative Committee reported on Telegram.
According to the list of the Federal Air Transport Agency, the list of people on board, apart from Prigozhin, also included: Dmitry Utkin (Prigozhin's right-hand man), Nikolai Matuseev, Valery Chekalov, Aleksandr Totmin, Yevgeny Makarian, Sergei Propustin, and crew members: Alexei Levshhin (commander ), Rustam Karimov (co-pilot) and Kristina Raspopova (stewardess).
The causes of the crash are also not clear. Russian services are working on its explanation, but according to Western experts, an attack was carried out, which was supposedly ordered by Vladimir Putin himself, who did not forgive the head of the Wagnerian rebels for the June rebellion. Prigozhin then decided to withdraw from the front in Ukraine, took the Russian Rostov-on-Don and sent his fighters to Moscow. The march was interrupted after mediations conducted by Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenko.
On Thursday, British military sources quoted by the BBC said Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) was most likely behind Wednesday's attack on Prigozhin's plane.
The United States believes that the plane carrying the leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, was probably hit by a surface-to-air missile launched from Russia, two US officials reported.
Late Thursday afternoon, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his "sincere condolences" to the families of the remaining victims.
- Regarding the air tragedy, first of all I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of all the victims. It's always a tragedy. Indeed, if there were employees of the Wagner Group, and preliminary data show that they were, I would like to point out that these people have made a significant contribution to our common cause, which is the fight against the neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine, we remember that, we know that and we will not forget," Putin said.
He added that he had known Prigozhin for a long time, since the early 1990s. "He was a man who had a difficult fate and made serious mistakes in his life," he said. - He was a talented man, a talented businessman, he worked not only in our country and worked with (good - ed.) results, but also abroad, especially in Africa – said Putin.