Prigozhin's plane crashed in Tver region, Russia: Wagner PMC founder Utkin was also on board. Photo and video (updated)
A business jet has crashed in Russia's Tver region. According to preliminary reports, the plane belonging to the war criminal and owner of Wagner PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin went down.
Russian media writes about it. It is noted that the accident occurred in the Bologovo district of the Tver region, 15 kilometers from the Khotilovo airbase.
According to Russian media, it was Embraer ERG 135 with flight number RA-02795 that crushed. It belongs to Yevgeny Prigozhin.
As reported by the Wagner channel GREY ZONE, the business jet was shot down by air defense fire. There is no official confirmation of this information.
Russian media also wrote that Yevgeny Prigozhin was among the passengers in the downed plane. According to their information, the founder of the Wagner military unit Dmitry Utkin was also on board.
The network showed footage of the plane crash and photos of the crashed business jet.
According to Russian channels, Yevgeny Prigozhin's plane was flying from the direction of the Moscow region.
At first, the bodies of 4 dead people were found at the crash site. There were 10 people in the airplane in total: 7 passengers and 3 crew members.
At the same time, the Russian resource Readovka indicates that reports of the deaths of Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin are still premature. It is noted that the information about their deaths cannot be verified at the moment.
Yevgeny Prigozhin could have been on another airplane. Prigozhin allegedly checked in for one flight and at the same time boarded another plane. He used to regularly confuse everyone in this way for conspiracy.
Russian media, citing Rosaviatsia, also reported that Prigozhin's second plane Legacy 650 Embraer ERJ-135BJ with the flight number RA-02748 was following the crashed plane. However, after the first plane was reported down, it turned over Moscow and headed for the airport.
According to updated information, eight bodies have already been found at the site of the plane's crash. However, some of them are not identifiable.
One of the versions of the fall of the plane is called a terrorist attack. Resentment is growing in the ranks of the Wagner soldiers, some of them have already announced that they suspect the Kremlin authorities headed by Putin in the attempted assassination of Prigozhin. The militant group has given the dictator an ultimatum and threatened another "march on Moscow."
Meanwhile, confirmation of Prigozhin and Utkin's deaths in the crashed airplane has emerged.
In particular, the We Are With Russia pro-Russian collaborationist organization, which operates in the territory of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Region, confirmed their deaths. This was stated by its head Volodymyr Rogov.
"Just communicated with prominent "musicians". They confirm the fact of deaths of Yeugene Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin", Rogov wrote in social networks.
Information about the deaths of war criminals Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin was confirmed by Russian propagandist Ksenia Sobchak and St. Petersburg's Fontanka.
Thus, according to Fontanka sources, Prigozhin was supposed to be on board the crashed airplane. Apart from him, the business jet was also carrying Dmitry Utkin, Yevgeny Prigozhin's cameraman, the logistician of the Wagner logistics company and his personal security.
"According to my sources, Prigozhin was on board," Sobchak wrote in her Telegram channel.
The first official federal report of the downing of Prigozhin's plane appeared soon. Citing Rosaviatsia, the Russia 24 state TV channel stated that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the owner of the Wagner airplane, was on the list of those on board. However, the channel did not confirm the deaths of Prigozhin and Utkin.
At the same time, Russian Telegram channels have already reported that the bodies of Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin have been identified. A genetic examination will be conducted shortly.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, investigative journalist Christo Grozev predicted that the founder of the Russian Wagner PMC Yevgeny Prigozhin may be liquidated within 6 months. Otherwise, Russia "will have a second coup".