“The head of the Wagner group, a hero of Russia and a true patriot, Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, died as a result of the actions of Russia’s traitors. But even in Hell he will be the best! Glory to Russia!”. The Telegram channel writes it near the Wagner Gray Zone.
“I’m not surprised. There’s not a lot of what’s happening in Russia that Putin isn’t behind. But I don’t know much about it.” Joe Biden said this to those who asked him about the plane that crashed in Russia which, among its passengers, had Wagner’s boss Yevgeny Prigozhin. Prigozhin and his right-hand man Dmitry Utkin are dead: according to the pro-Russian governor of Zaporizhzhia, Vladimir Rogov. “I have just been in contact with important ‘musicians’ (belonging to Wagner, ed.). They confirmed the deaths of Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin,” he wrote on Telegram.
Exactly two months after the ‘justice march’ on Moscow by Wagner’s militiamen, Yevgeny Prigozhin’s challenge to the Kremlin may have reached its epilogue. One of his private jets crashed—”shot down,” according to a Telegram channel close to him—while on a flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and his name was on the passenger manifest, the agency said. Russian Federation for Air Transport. But the picture still appears very confused and there are those who speak of a second plane, also from Prigozhin, flying in the region at the same time which would then land without damage in an airport near Moscow. The first international reaction came from the White House, according to which Prigozhin’s death “wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone”. While according to Kiev it is “a signal from Vladimir Putin to the Russian elites: disloyalty means death”.