Russian officials have verified that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner Group responsible for a rebellion against the Russian army in June, was among the casualties in a plane crash near Moscow. The Russian emergency situations ministry has confirmed the unfortunate demise of all 10 individuals aboard.

What occurred and when?

As per authorities, a private jet crashed north of Moscow resulting in the death of 10 individuals.

Around 17:00 GMT, the ministry reported that a “private Embraer Legacy 600 aircraft traveling from Moscow to Saint Petersburg” had crashed.

The plane had 10 people on board, including three crew members.

So far, eight bodies have been recovered. Russia’s Federal Agency for Air Transport initiated an investigation through a dedicated commission.

FlightRadar24’s data indicated that the Embraer Legacy (plane number RA-02795) vanished from radar at 6:11pm (15:11 GMT).

Following the crash, a second private jet connected to Prigozhin, possibly en route to St. Petersburg, reversed course to Moscow and landed.

Where did the crash happen?

According to Russia’s emergency situations ministry, the crash took place near the village of Kuzhenkino in the Tver region.

Who is Yevgeny Prigozhin, listed as a passenger?

Yevgeny Prigozhin, 62, gained prominence post Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, leading his fighters, including recruited convicts, in the assault on Bakhmut.

He used social media to highlight Wagner’s achievements and criticized Russia’s military.

In June, he led a mutiny capturing Rostov-on-Don, downing military helicopters.

Putin termed it treason and averted bloodshed by arranging Prigozhin’s departure to Belarus, dropping mutiny charges.

Born on June 1, 1961, Prigozhin spent years in Soviet prisons, then pursued a career in catering and met Putin during that time.

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