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According to Putin: Prigozhin’s plane crash – the piece attributed to the victims


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AA month and a half after Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin died in a plane crash in Russia, Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin said publicly that fragments had been found in the remains of crash victims. Putin said on Thursday that the head of the investigative team informed him of the findings a few days ago. “Shards of hand grenades were found on the bodies of the accident victims,” ​​he said. At the same time, Putin said: “There was no external influence on the plane.”

A private plane carrying the head of a Russian mercenary force crashed on August 23 during a flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg. In addition to the boss Wagner, his deputy Dmitry Utkin and eight others died.

The private plane reportedly crashed in the Tver region

Quelle: Photo alliance/dpa/Investigative Committee of Russia/XinHua/Uncredited

Russian investigators have not commented on whether the cause of the crash was an assassination attempt, technical failure or human error. Ukraine and the West suspected it was an act of revenge by the Kremlin. Moscow rejected this.

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Wagner mercenaries during the attempted coup in Rostov-on-Don in June

Prigozhin fell out of favor with Putin after his Wagner Group’s uprising against the Russian military leadership on June 23. The Kremlin boss saw Boss Wagner as a traitor.

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Itar-Daz 28: Smolensk region, Russia.  April 14, 2010. Plane wreckage seen at crash site of Polish president's plane.  A Tu-154 plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and some of the country's top military and civilian leaders has crashed several hundred meters short of the runway at Smolensk Airport.  (Photo ITAR-TASS/Olga Lisinova)

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