According to a statement, from the Investigative Committee the crash victims identities, including Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner have been confirmed through genetic tests.
The Russian Investigative Committee has announced that genetic expertise has confirmed the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was leading the Russian paramilitary group Wagner and was involved in a plane crash in Russia. These tests were carried out after the crash occurred on August 23 in the Tver region.
Russia has officially acknowledged Yevgeny Prigozhins death raising suspicions internationally that he may have been targeted for assassination. The private jet carrying him and his associates crashed in the Tver region resulting in ten fatalities.
After conducting days of genetic testing following the tragic crash it has been determined that all ten victims match the list of passengers and crew members on board. This confirmation comes from a statement released by the Investigative Committee on Sunday.
Among those, on board were Yevgeny Prigozhin himself and Dmitry Outkin, who served as an ex officer in a military intelligence unit and acted as Wagners commander.The investigators have not yet provided any information, about the leads they are examining. They haven’t mentioned whether they are considering an accident, bomb, surface to air missile or pilot error as causes. On the hand some in the West have pointed fingers at the head of state following Wagners bosss failed rebellion two months ago. However at this stage no evidence has been presented to support these claims.
The Kremlin has denied any involvement in ordering the assassination of Yevgeny Prigozhin. Dismissed insinuations as mere speculation.
Since the plane crash people in cities where the Wagner group had its training centers have been expressing their condolences by placing flowers at makeshift memorials for Yevgeny Prigozhin. This shows that he had gained popularity among groups.
Vladimir Putin referred to Yevgeny Prigozhin as a “traitor” due to his rebellion against the Russian General Staff and Defense Minister Sergei Choigou on June 23 and 24. Wagners men briefly seized sites, in Russia before moving towards Moscow. Putin had known Prigozhin since the 1990s.