Co-founder of PMC "Wagner" Utkin was buried without some of the honours
Dmitry Utkin, the closest associate of the founder of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the commander of the Wagner mercenaries, and a terrorist, was buried at the Mitishchi Memorial Cemetery in the Moscow region. The Russian PMC got its name from Dmitry Utkin's call sign "Wagner".
The funeral ceremony took place on Thursday, 31 August, and was not held with full military honours. This was reported by Russian media.
Thus, the coffin with the body was brought to the cemetery without a company of honour on a gun carriage using a Tiger armoured vehicle. There were also no artillery salvos.
Utkin was buried in Mitishchi at the cemetery of the Pantheon of Defenders of the Fatherland memorial.
The entrance to the cemetery was guarded by security forces with anti-drone guns. Wagner mercenaries were allowed in only with tokens. Civilians were not allowed to enter during Utkin's funeral.
In the morning, before the funeral, the cemetery was surrounded by OMON and Rosgvardia, and part of the road was blocked by traffic police. The press was not allowed to attend the funeral.
As a reminder, on the evening of 23 August, an Embraer ERG 135 plane belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin crashed in the Bologovsky district of the Tver region of the Russian Federation, 15 kilometres from the Khotilovo airbase. There were 10 people on board - seven passengers and three crew members. All of them died.
On 27 August, Russia officially confirmed the death of the owner of the PMC Wagner in a plane crash. DNA tests identified all ten victims.
The Institute of War Studies is convinced that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin almost certainly ordered the downing of the plane belonging to the Wagner Group. Analysts believe that this was the Russian dictator's revenge for the humiliation caused by the armed rebellion of the Wagner group on 23-24 June. That is why the liquidation of Prigozhin and Wagner's commanders was as demonstrative as possible.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the founder of the Russian PMC Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, was buried at the Porokhovskoye Cemetery in the Krasnogvardeysky district of St. Petersburg. The funeral ceremony was held in a closed format.