Wagner Chief Prigozhin Presumed Dead in Jet Crash

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The head of the Russian mercenary force Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin who in June attempted to topple Russia’s military leadership is listed among the 10 passengers reportedly killed on Wednesday, 24 August 2023 when a private jet crashed north of Moscow.

Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Situations announced the crash of a private plane traveling between Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Authorities are investigating the cause, and there are no confirmations that Prigozhin’s body has been found.

The Kremlin and the defense ministry were yet to react.

Yevgeny Prigozhin’s short-lived rebellion was seen as the biggest challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authority since he came to power.

Since then, uncertainty has surrounded the fate of Wagner and its controversial chief.

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