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Plane crash in Russia: White House says possible death of Prigozhin is ‘no surprise’

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Plane crash in Russia: White House says possible death of Prigozhin is ‘no surprise’

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White House says Prigozhin’s death is ‘no surprise’

As of: 9:35 p.m. | Reading time: 3 minutes

“A big mistake by Prigozhin – And such mistakes a man like Putin never forgives”

Prof. Shlomo Shpiro, secret service expert at Tel Aviv University, speaks in an interview with WELT about the possible death of Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in a plane crash in Russia.

US President Joe Biden was briefed on a business jet crash in Russia. If Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin was actually on board and died, it would not be a surprise for the White House. All developments in the live ticker.

The possible death of Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in a plane crash in Russia on Wednesday would not come as a surprise, according to the US government. “We saw what was reported (about the crash). If confirmed, it would come as no surprise to anyone,” said US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson.

US President Joe Biden was kept up to date on the situation after the plane crash in Russia, according to the White House.

Prigozhin, head of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, was on the passenger list of a plane that crashed in the Tver region between Moscow and St. Petersburg, the Russian news agency Tass reported, citing the aviation authority. According to the Russian Ministry of Emergencies, according to initial information, all ten people on board the private plane died.

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All developments in the live ticker:

8:45 p.m. – Prigozhin channel on Telegram calls the crash a targeted shooting

A channel on Telegram close to Yevgeny Prigozhin is spreading the version of a targeted shooting. The machine was shot down by anti-aircraft defenses over the Tver region, according to the Telegram channel Gray Zone. Priogoshin usually used it to distribute his videos. The claim of a shooting was not verifiable.

Gray Zone wrote that there were two planes from Wagner’s private army in the air. The second turned around on the flight to St. Petersburg and landed at Ostafyevo Airport south of Moscow. Gray Zone questioned the authorities’ version that Prigozhin was on the passenger list of the first plane and was killed. “Where Yevgeny Prigozhin was in the end, there is no precise information at the moment,” it said.

8:20pm – RIA: Eight bodies recovered at crash site

Eight bodies were recovered from the crash site of a private jet carrying Russian mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin as a passenger. This was reported by the Russian news agency RIA, citing rescue services. There was initially no confirmation that Prigozhin was on board the machine. According to the RIA report, the search and rescue work at the crash site continued. According to official information, ten people were on board the flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

19:26 – Private jet crashed in Russia – Prigozhin on passenger list

All ten people on board die in a private jet crash in Russia. The head of the Russian Wagner mercenary force, Yevgeny Priogschin, was also on the passenger list, according to the Russian Aviation Authority. Whether he was actually on board the plane from Moscow to St. Petersburg was initially not entirely certain.

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The aviation authority said the crash near the village of Kishenkino, around 315 kilometers northeast of Moscow in Tver Oblast, was being investigated. The aircraft is an Embraer Legacy 600.

The route of the Embraer Legacy business jet from Moscow to St. Petersburg

Source: Infographic WORLD

The Wagner mercenaries had fought alongside the Russian military in the war in Ukraine, including in the bloody Battle of Bakhmut. Prigozhin repeatedly criticized the lack of support from Moscow.

At the end of June he called on his fighters to march on Moscow because the Russian military leadership had allegedly ordered an attack on Wagner mercenaries. He quickly broke off the uprising and agreed to go into exile in Belarus with his fighters. The mercenaries were free to join the regular Russian military instead. In return, they should not be prosecuted.

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