In a recent development, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of Russian private security company Wagner, has reportedly been killed in a plane crash. The crash occurred in the Tver region, northwest of Moscow, and all 10 people on board, including Prigozhin, were killed. However, it is still unclear whether Prigozhin was actually on the aircraft.
Prigozhin, who was also the chief of the Wagner Group, had recently led a rebellion against the Russian government after openly criticizing the country's top officials. The mutiny was short-lived, and Prigozhin reached an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin to relocate himself and his forces to Belarus. As part of the deal, Prigozhin had pledged to leave Russia permanently.
The Wagner Group, known for their brutal battlefield tactics, had been involved in various battles on the Ukrainian front. Prigozhin's forces played a prominent role in these conflicts. It is worth noting that Prigozhin had previously been a close confidant of Putin.
The circumstances surrounding the plane crash remain unclear. The Russian Ministry of Emergency Services confirmed the crash and stated that search operations are underway. The aircraft, a private Embraer Legacy, was flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg when it crashed near the village of Kuzhenkino.