Wagner Group Leader Yevgeny Prigozhin Reportedly Killed in Plane Crash

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Wagner’s leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin is believed to have been killed in a plane crash late yesterday. The plane crashed north of Moscow with no survivors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his “condolences” over a plane crash that is said to have killed Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, and described him as a man who made mistakes but achieved “results.”

“First of all I want to express words of sincere condolences to the families of all the victims,” Putin said in a televised meeting.

“I knew Prigozhin for a very long time; since the early ’90s. He was a man of complicated fate, and he made serious mistakes in his life, but he achieved the right results,” Putin added.

Describing the incident, one of the U.S. and Western officials said that Yevgeny Prigozhin was “very likely” targeted and that the explosion falls in line with Putin’s “long history of trying to silence his critics.”

The officials did not offer any details about what caused the explosion, which was widely believed to be vengeance for the mutiny in June that posed the biggest challenge to the Russian leader’s 23-year rule.

An investigation into what caused Wednesday’s crash is ongoing. The plane crash is happening exactly two months after Wagner’s short-lived rebellion against Moscow’s military leadership; could this be a mere coincidence? Could it also be a set up by Russia’s opposition to put the Russian leader in the position of a suspect?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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