The Russian authorities reported that the wreckage of a private jet that crashed north of Moscow on Wednesday evening contained the name of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the chief of a Russian mercenary group. There is yet to be confirmed evidence of Prigozhin’s physical presence on the aircraft, and Reuters has not been able to immediately verify his presence either.
The crash of the Embraer plane, en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg, occurred in the Tver region, prompting an official investigation. The incident claimed the lives of all 10 individuals on board, including three crew members. Prigozhin, known for his role in a recent mutiny against top Russian military figures, had previously been linked to an agreement with the Kremlin that resulted in his relocation to Belarus. Despite this, he seemed to have been moving freely within Russia. His recent activities included posting a video that seemed to be filmed in Africa.