The Dramatic Death of Yevgeny Prigozhin: A Failed Coup and a Mysterious Plane Crash
In a shocking turn of events, the leader of the Wagner paramilitary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, met his demise in a fiery plane crash. The moment of the incident was captured on camera, revealing the plane plummeting from the sky after an explosion.
According to The Wall Street Journal, social media channels associated with Wagner claimed that the Russian air defenses shot down the jet, an Embraer Legacy 600. Video footage shared by witnesses showed a missile trail and the plane’s descent with one wing missing.
Russia has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the crash, leaving many questions unanswered.
The Tragic Event Unfolds
A private jet owned by Prigozhin was just shot down by Russian air defenses over Tver.
Around 10 people onboard have been killed. pic.twitter.com/mUCHws77Y0
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) August 23, 2023
The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has announced that an Investigation has been launched to determine the “Cause” of the Aircraft Crash in the Tver Region which Killed all 10 Passengers onboard including Yevgeny Prigozhin. pic.twitter.com/1kguZWO4lr
— OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) August 23, 2023
News of Prigozhin’s demise emerged shortly after the removal of General Sergei Surovikin, known as “General Armageddon,” from his position as head of Russia’s air force. Surovikin had gone missing during the failed coup and faced accusations of involvement.
According to Reuters, a top Russian official revealed that Colonel-General Viktor Afzalov would temporarily act as commander-in-chief of the Air Force, replacing Surovikin.
The Controversial Figure
Yevgeny Prigozhin’s life was marked by a series of intriguing events. He served nearly a decade in prison for assault, robbery, and fraud. After his release, he started a catering business, which eventually led him to cross paths with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Prigozhin’s company, Concord Catering, secured lucrative contracts from the Russian government, allegedly becoming a channel for money laundering. With the funds, he established Wagner, a paramilitary group consisting of former Russian soldiers. Wagner undertook covert operations on behalf of the Russian government, allowing plausible deniability for their actions.
Wagner has been accused of heinous crimes, including massacres, rape, and resource exploitation in unstable regions across the globe. The group’s activities span South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
The Wall Street Journal’s investigation uncovered 64 companies linked to Wagner, serving as fronts for money and asset transfers. The Kremlin’s involvement in these operations remains a subject of scrutiny.
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