Embraer private plane Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner Group, It crashed in central Russia this Wednesday, and according to officials in that country, it was an accident that killed ten people in it.
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According to the civil aviation agency Rosaviatsia, Seven passengers were traveling on Embraer-135, including Prigozhin and his “right-hand man”, former Russian military intelligence (GRU) officer Dmitri Utkin, and three crew members..
There was an air disaster Flight from Moscow to St. In the central Tver region on the way to St. Petersburg.
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So far, neither the Kremlin nor the Russian Ministry of Defense has officially confirmed it. death of Prigozhinhowever, the Ministry of Emergencies of Russia stated that “according to preliminary information, all the people on board died.”
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The causes of the crash are unknown for now, but some media and Telegram channels are evaluating various versions this Wednesday. Bomb attack or attack by enemy drones on the Russian anti-aircraft defense missile at the order of the Kremlin.
Exactly two months ago, Prigozhin, who led an unsuccessful armed uprising against the Kremlin, most recently appeared in a video on Monday when he suggested that he is returning to Africa to “make Russia bigger on every continent”.
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The emergency services reported to the official agency RIA Nóvosti: 10 bodies found at crash site persons traveling on the aircraft (three crew members and seven passengers).
According to local media, the bodies are completely burned. therefore you will probably need to have a DNA test to confirm your identity. The base portal assured that one of the passengers was decapitated in the accident that occurred near the town of Kuzhenkino, about 350 kilometers from Moscow.
Apart from Prigozhin and Utkin, it was stated that the other five passengers will be members of the mercenary group, which has recently resumed its activities on the African continent. There was also a commander, a second pilot and a stewardess on the plane.
Mikhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, told the online daily: “When Prigozhin stopped 200 kilometers from Moscow and suddenly returned, he quickly and voluntarily signed the death sentence.” Jellyfish.
Upon hearing the news of the accident, US President Joe Biden told the detainee: “I’m not surprised.” “There’s not much in Russia that Putin isn’t behind, but I don’t have enough information to know the answer to that.”added.
“Almost nothing that comes out of Russia these days is credible,” European Commission Foreign Affairs Spokesman Peter Stano said on Thursday.
“Almost nothing that comes out of Russia these days is convincing, so we saw information about the plane crash that allegedly died on Wednesday afternoon, along with other people and flight crew members around Prigozhin.”
“But again, like many other things in Russia, it is very difficult for us to confirm this, it is not for us to comment,” said Stano.
(You can read: Is Wagner the boss of Africa? Prigozhin appears in the video for the first time since the rebellion.)
French government spokesman Olivier Veran said there may be “reasonable doubts” about what happened this Thursday. It is believed that the leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgueni Prigozhin, was traveling on the crashed plane.
Veran added that “Progozhin has left behind cemeteries and terrible confusion in much of the world, such as in Africa or Ukraine”, “(Vladimir) Putin is a man of his dirty work” and that his activity is “inseparable”. The policy of the president of Russia.
This air disaster came exactly two months after Prigozhin’s revolt against the Kremlin on June 23 and 24, when he arrived to take Rostov-on-Don, one of the most important cities in Southern Russia, for a few hours.
After mediation by Belarusian president Alexandr Lukashenko, Prigozhin agreed to withdraw his mercenaries and move his base to the territory of the former Soviet republic after 24 hours of insurgency.
After Putin accused him of treason, he accepted him in the Kremlin, after which Prigozhin announced that he would no longer fight in Ukraine and resumed Wagner operations in Africa.
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coinciding with the accident Putin attended the official ceremony this Wednesday in the Kursk region on the border with Ukraine, marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, one of the most important battles of World War II..
The accident also occurred on the day when the official media confirmed that Sergei Surovikin, who was known for his close ties to Prigozhin and disappeared from the public eye as soon as Wagner’s armed uprising was suppressed, had been dismissed from the post of head of the Aerospace Forces. . He will be replaced by General Victor Afzalov.
Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin became known worldwide as the head of the Wagner Group. A mercenary squadron that led an unsuccessful military uprising against the Kremlin two months ago after joining the war in Ukraine with the Russian Army.
Prigozhin was nicknamed “Putin’s chef” because of his closeness to the Russian president and the restaurant business he founded after he was pardoned from prison in 1990, where he spent nearly a decade on various crimes.
Born on June 1, 1961 in present-day Saint Petersburg, his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin began when Prigozhin became a fast food vendor at street stalls after nearly ten years in prison at the end of the Soviet era. various distributed Catering Food aid to the Russian Army.
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Prigozhin enlisted 35,000 prisoners who were released to fight alongside Russian troops. However, over time and within the framework of the war, he experienced harsh conflicts with the Russian Ministry of Defense.
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The first was that in February of this year, during the siege of the Ukrainian town of Bakhmut in the Donbas, his fighters complained of a lack of ammunition, which eventually fell into the hands of the Russians last May. The second occurred last June, following the uprising against the Putin regime.
Prigozhin for a long time denied that he had created Wagner, until in September 2022, in the midst of the war in Ukraine, he admitted that in 2014 he founded this private military company, which was banned by law in Russia, but assured that he did. I was born into a group of patriots
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For their non-transparent actions, in 2018 the US State Department sanctioned three companies, the Internet Research Agency, Concord Management, and Concord Catering, for their roles in the campaign of interference and disinformation, particularly against Democratic candidate Hillary. The 2016 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump.
In November 2022, he inaugurated his first headquarters in a glass building in Saint Petersburg, and while this coincided with his statements about his past interference in foreign democratic processes, especially in the United States, he said he would continue to do so.
Parallel to this, Wagner’s boss worked with his mercenaries in different war scenarios such as the Syrian war. and various armed conflicts on the African continent, such as Mali, where local forces are instructed to protect the Government.
The Wagner Group’s actions amounted to serious international sanctions. The first came from the European Union (EU) in December 2021 for serious human rights violations in many African countries, including Mali, the Central African Republic and Libya, where he served.
WILLIAM MORENO HERNANDEZ
* With information from agencies
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